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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department Of Housing And Community Development
Chapter 51. Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code
9/24/2021

13VAC5-51-142.5. IFC Chapter 28 Lumber Yards and Agro-Industrial, Solid Biomass, and Woodworking Facilities.

A. Change Section 2801.2 to read:

2801.2 Permit. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.

B. Change Sections 2803.1 through 2803.3 to read:

2803.1 Open yards. Open yards around structures required by the applicable building code shall be maintained. The space shall be maintained free of obstructions associated with the outdoor storage of the materials regulated by Chapter 28, which could interfere with the function of the open space, especially that of providing fire department access to the building.

2803.2 Dust control. Equipment or machinery located inside buildings that generates or emits combustible dust shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 22 and the applicable building code. Equipment or systems that are used to collect, process, or convey combustible dusts provided with an approved explosion control system in accordance with the applicable building code shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

2803.2.1 Explosion venting. Where a dust explosion hazard exists in equipment rooms, buildings, or other enclosures, such areas shall be declared an unsafe condition in accordance with Section 110.1 and operations shall not be continued until the hazard is mitigated. Where explosion venting is provided it shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9 and the applicable building code.

2803.3 Waste removal. Sawmills, planing mills, and other woodworking plants shall maintain waste removal systems that collect and remove sawdust and shavings. Such systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 22 and comply with the applicable building code.

Exception: Manual waste removal when approved.

C. Change Section 2803.4 to read:

2803.4 Electrical equipment. Electrical wiring and equipment shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 6, the applicable building code, and the maintenance provisions of NFPA 70.

D. Change Section 2804.2 and delete Section 2804.2.1.

Section 2804.2 to read:

2804.2 Fire alarms. Where provided, fire alarm systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

E. Change Section 2804.4 to read:

2804.4 Automatic sprinkler systems. Automatic sprinkler systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

F. Change Section 2805.2 to read:

2805.2 Dryer protection. Dryers protected by an approved, automatic deluge water-spray suppression system shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9. Deluge heads shall be inspected quarterly for pitch buildup. Deluge heads shall be flushed during regular maintenance for functional operation.

G. Change Section 2807.2 to read:

2807.2 Size of piles. Piles shall not exceed 60 feet (18,288 mm) in height, 300 feet (91,440 mm) in width, and 500 feet (152 m) in length. Piles shall be separated from adjacent piles or other exposures by approved fire apparatus access roads.

Exception: The fire code official is authorized to allow the pile size to be increased where additional approved fire protection is provided in accordance with Chapter 9.

H. Change Section 2807.3 to read:

2807.3 Outdoor pile fire protection. Where conveyor tunnels and combustible enclosures that pass under an outdoor pile, automatic sprinkler protection shall be provided. Automatic sprinkler protection shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

I. Change Section 2808.7 to read:

2808.7 Pile fire protection. Automatic sprinkler protection shall be provided in conveyor tunnels and combustible enclosures that pass under a pile. Combustible conveyor systems and enclosed conveyor systems shall be equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system. These systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

Note: Systems regulated by the USBC must comply with the applicable building code.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018; Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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