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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department of Housing and Community Development
Chapter 63. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code
9/19/2020

13VAC5-63-545. Chapter 7 Fire Safety Requirements.

A. Delete the following sections from Chapter 7 of the IPMC:

1. Section 701.2 Responsibility.

2. Section 704.1.2 Fire department connection.

3. Section 704.2.1 Where required.

4. Section 704.2.1.1 Group R-1.

5. Section 704.2.1.2 Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, and I-1.

6. Section 704.2.1.3 Installation near cooking appliances.

7. Section 704.2.1.4 Installation near bathrooms.

8. Section 704.2.2 Interconnection.

9. Section 704.2.3 Power source.

10. Section 704.2.4 Smoke detection system.

B. Change the following sections in Chapter 7 of the IPMC:

1. Section 701.1 General. The provisions of this chapter shall govern the maintenance of fire safety facilities and equipment.

2. Section 702.2 Aisles. The required width of aisles shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

3. Section 702.3 Doors. Means of egress doors shall be maintained and, to the extent required by the code in effect at the time of construction, shall be readily openable from the side from which egress is to be made without the need for keys, special knowledge, or effort.

4. Section 702.4 Emergency escape openings. Required emergency escape openings shall be maintained in accordance with the code in effect at the time of construction and to the extent required by the code in effect at the time of construction shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys or tools. Bars, grilles, grates, or similar devices are permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings provided the minimum net clear opening size complies with the code that was in effect at the time of construction and such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key, tool, or force greater than that which is required for normal operation of the escape and rescue opening.

5. Section 704.1 General. Systems, devices, and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm, or suppress or control a fire or any combination thereof shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times.

6. Section 704.1.1 Automatic sprinkler systems. Inspection, testing, and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems shall be in accordance with NFPA 25 for the purpose of operation and maintenance.

7. Section 704.2 Single-station and multiple-station smoke alarms. Required or provided single-station and multiple-station smoke alarms shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

Statutory Authority

§ 36-98 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. September 4, 2018.

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