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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
9/25/2021

13VAC5-51-154. IFC Chapter 61 Liquefied Petroleum Gases.

A. Change Sections 6101.1 and 6101.2 and delete Section 6101.3.

6101.1 Scope. Storage, handling and transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas) and LP-gas equipment pertinent to systems for such uses shall comply with this chapter and NFPA 58. Properties of LP-gases shall be determined in accordance with Appendix B of NFPA 58.

6101.2 Permits. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2. Distributors shall not fill an LP-gas container for which a permit is required unless an operational permit has been issued for that location by the fire code official, except when the container is for temporary use on construction sites.

B. Change the Title of Section 6103 to USE OF EQUIPMENT and change Section 6103.1 to read:

6103.1 General. The use of LP-gas equipment shall be in accordance with the International Fuel Gas Code and NFPA 58, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

C. Delete Section 6103.3.

D. Change Section 6104.1 to read:

6104.1 General. The storage and handling of LP-gas and the maintenance of related equipment shall comply with applicable building code.

E. Delete Sections 6104.2 through 6104.4 and Table 6104.3.

F. Add Section 6106.4 to read:

6106.4 DOTn cylinders filled on site. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOTn) cylinders in stationary service that are filled on site and therefore are not under the jurisdiction of DOTn either shall be requalified in accordance with DOTn requirements or shall be visually inspected within 12 years of the date of manufacture or within five years from May 1, 2008, whichever is later, and within every five years thereafter, in accordance with the following:

1. Any cylinder that fails one or more of the criteria in Item 3 shall not be refilled or continued in service until the condition is corrected.

2. Personnel shall be trained and qualified to perform inspections.

3. Visual inspection shall be performed in accordance with the following:

3.1. The cylinder is checked for exposure to fire, dents, cuts, digs, gouges, and corrosion according to CGA C-6, Standards for Visual Inspection of Steel Compressed Gas Cylinders, except that paragraph 4.2.1(1) of that standard (which requires tare weight certification), shall not be part of the required inspection criteria.

3.2. The cylinder protective collar (where utilized) and the foot ring are intact and are firmly attached.

3.3. The cylinder is painted or coated to retard corrosion.

3.4. The cylinder pressure relief valve indicates no visible damage, corrosion of operating components, or obstructions.

3.5. There is no leakage from the cylinder or its appurtenances that is detectable without the use of instruments.

3.6. The cylinder is installed on a firm foundation and is not in contact with the soil.

3.7. A cylinder that passed the visual inspection shall be marked with the month and year of the examination followed by the letter "E" (example: 10-01E, indicating requalification in October 2001 by the external inspection method).

3.8. The results of the visual inspection shall be documented, and a record of the inspection shall be retained for a five-year period.

Exception: Any inspection procedure outlined in Items 3.1 through 3.8 that would require a cylinder be moved in such a manner that disconnection from the piping system would be necessary shall be omitted, provided the other inspection results do not indicate further inspection is warranted.

G. Change Section 6108.1 to read:

6108.1 General. Fire protection for installations having LP-gas storage containers shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

H. Change Section 6109.11.2 to read:

6109.11.2 Storage. Storage in buildings and rooms used for gas manufacturing, gas storage, gas air mixing, and vaporization shall be approved in accordance with the applicable building code. These areas are to be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code and NFPA 58.

I. Change Section 6111.2 to read:

6111.2 Unattended parking. The unattended parking of LP-gas tank vehicles shall be in accordance with Sections 6111.2.1 and 6111.2.2.

Exception: The unattended outdoor parking of LP-gas tank vehicles may also be in accordance with Section 9.7.2 of NFPA 58.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 3, eff. November 16, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 14, eff. May 1, 2008; Volume 27, Issue 2, eff. March 1, 2011; Change in Effective Date, 27:5 VA.R. 533 November 8, 2010; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018; Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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