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Legislation #: 090323 Introduction Date: 4/23/2009
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 5/17/2009
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 26, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 26-105, Fire Code Permits, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.

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4/22/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/23/2009 Referred to Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee
4/29/2009 Do Pass
4/30/2009 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
5/7/2009 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 090323

 

Amending Chapter 26, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 26-105, Fire Code Permits, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 26, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Section 26-105, Fire Code Permits, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 26-105.  Permits.

 

Sec. 26-105 Sections 105.1, 105.2, 105.3.3  and  105.4  of the 2000 International Fire Code are deleted. 

 

Sec. 26-105.1.1. Inspection required.   

 

Before a permit necessary pursuant to section 26-105.6 of this code is issued the Chief shall inspect and approve the receptacles, vehicles, building, devices, premises, storage spaces, or area to be used.

 

Sec. 26-105.1.3. Fire Prevention Division fees. 

 

The Fire Prevention Division shall charge a fee for issuance of permits pursuant to the following: 

 

a.    Fee for fire code permit.  For the issuance of a fire code permit, the fee shall be determined as follows: 

 

i.    The fee charged when only one permit is necessary . . . $70.00

 

ii.    The fee charged when more than one permit is necessary shall be the fee for the initial permit plus a fee per each additional permit that is necessary of . . . $55.00

 

b.    Fee for open burning permit.  For the issuance of open burning permits . . . $200.00 

 

c. Fee for explosives storage permit. For the issuance of explosives permits . . . $200.00

 

d. Fee for fireworks display or pyrotechnic special effects material permit.  For the issuance of fireworks display or pyrotechnic special effects material permits . . . $200.00 

 

e. Fee for fire hydrant permit.  For fire hydrant use permits . . . $70.00 

 

f.    Fee for expedited permits.  The fire department may charge, in addition to other fees, a fee reflecting the direct costs for actions required to provide services related to expedited permits.

 

g. Fee increases. The Chief shall have authority annually to adjust the fees listed in this code to reflect an increase equal to an increase in the consumer price index (all items/all urban consumers/Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas) published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provided that the increases are reflective of the costs of the services being provided. If the costs in providing the services fall below the fees being charged, the fees shall be reduced so that they are equal to or less than the costs of providing the services. Any such adjustments, if made, shall be made annually by the Chief in conjunction with the adoption of the annual budget of the city by filing a notice with the city clerk.

 

Sec. 26-105.1.5. Fire Prevention Division training fees.   

 

a.    Subject to paragraph b of this section, a training fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per hour per trainer shall be charged by the Fire Prevention Division for the provision of training on fire extinguishers, emergency action plans, community emergency response teams and other fire service related concerns.

 

b.    Whenever any training is performed by Fire Department personnel who perform such training while on over-time or who must be paid for a minimum number of hours pursuant to a memorandum of understanding or collective bargaining agreement between the City and a union, the training fee charged for the training provided by such personnel shall be the training fee set out in paragraph a of this section multiplied by the applicable overtime rate and multiplied by the minimum number of hours required to be paid the personnel.

 

Sec. 26-105.3.1. Expiration of Permit.  A permit shall continue until revoked or expired at the end of a one year period or less. Permits shall not be transferable and any change in use of, occupancy, ownership, operations, shall require a new permit. 

 

Sec. 26-105.6. Required operational permits.  The code official is authorized to issue operational permits for the operations set forth below. 

 

105.6.1 Aerosol products.  An operational permit is required to manufacture, store or handle an aggregate quantity of Level 2 or Level 3 aerosol products in excess of 500 pounds (227 kg) net weight. 

 

105.6.2 Amusement buildings.  An operational permit is required to operate a special amusement building. 

 

105.6.3 Aviation facilities.  An operational permit is required to use a Group H or Group S occupancy for aircraft servicing or repair and aircraft fuel-servicing vehicles. Additional permits required by other sections of this code include, but are not limited to, hot work, hazardous materials and flammable or combustible finishes. 

 

105.6.4 Carnivals and fairs.  An operational permit is required to conduct a carnival or fair. 

 

105.6.5 Battery systems.  A permit is required to install stationary lead-acid battery systems having a liquid capacity of more than 50 gallons (189 L). 

 

105.6.6 Cellulose nitrate film.  An operational permit is required to store, handle or use cellulose nitrate film in a Group A occupancy. 

 

105.6.7 Combustible dust-producing operations.  An operational permit is required to operate a grain elevator, flour starch mill, feed mill, or a plant pulverizing aluminum, coal, cocoa, magnesium, spices or sugar, or other operations producing combustible dusts as defined in Chapter 2. 

 

105.6.8 Combustible fibers.  An operational permit is required for the storage and handling of combustible fibers in quantities greater than 100 cubic feet (2.8 m  3). 

 

Exception: A permit is not required for agricultural storage.

 

105.6.9 Compressed gases.  An operational permit is required for the storage, use or handling at normal temperature and pressure (NTP) of compressed gases in excess of the amounts listed in Table 105.6.9. 

Exception: Vehicles equipped for and using compressed gas as a fuel for propelling the vehicle.

 

TABLE 105.6.9
PERMIT AMOUNTS FOR COMPRESSED GASES

 

  TYPE OF GAS (cubic feet at NTP)*   

AMOUNT   

Corrosive   

200   

Flammable (except cryogenic fluids and liquefied petroleum gases)   

200   

Highly toxic   

Any amount   

Inert and simple asphyxiant   

6,000   

Oxidizing (including oxygen)   

504   

Toxic   

Any amount   

*For SI: 1 cubic foot = 0.02832 m3.

 

105.6.10 Covered mall buildings.  An operational permit is required for: 

 

1.    The placement of retail fixtures and displays, concession equipment, displays of highly combustible goods and similar items in the mall.

 

2.    The display of liquid- or gas-fired equipment in the mall.

 

3.    The use of open-flame or flame-producing equipment in the mall.

 

105.6.11 Cryogenic fluids.  An operational permit is required to produce, store, transport on site, use, handle or dispense cryogenic fluids in excess of the amounts listed in Table 105.6.11. 

 

Exception: Permits are not required for vehicles equipped for and using cryogenic fluids as a fuel for propelling the vehicle or for refrigerating the lading.

 

TABLE 105.6.11
PERMIT AMOUNTS FOR CRYOGENIC FLUIDS

 

  TYPE OF CRYOGENIC FLUID   

INSIDE
BUILDING
(gallons)*   

OUTSIDE
BUILDING
(gallons)*   

Flammable   

More than 1   

60   

Inert   

60   

500   

Oxidizing (includes oxygen)   

10   

50   

Physical or health hazard not indicated above   

Any amount   

Any amount   

*For SI: 1 gallon = 3.785 L.

 

105.6.12 Cutting and welding.  An operational permit is required to conduct cutting or welding operations within the jurisdiction. 

 

105.6.13 Dry cleaning plants.  An operational permit is required to engage in the business of dry cleaning or to change to a more hazardous cleaning solvent used in existing dry cleaning equipment. 

 

105.6.14 Exhibits and trade shows.  An operational permit is required to operate exhibits and trade shows. 

 

105.6.15 Explosives.  An operational permit is required for the manufacture, storage, handling, sale or use of any quantity of explosive, explosive material, fireworks, or pyrotechnic special effects within the scope of Chapter 33. 

 

105.6.16 Fire hydrants and valves.  An operational permit is required to use or operate fire hydrants or valves intended for fire suppression purposes which are installed on water systems and accessible to a fire apparatus access road that is open to or generally used by the public. 

 

Exception: A permit is not required for authorized employees of the water company that supplies the system or the fire department to use or operate fire hydrants or valves.

 

105.6.17 Flammable and combustible liquids.  An operational permit is required: 

 

1.    To use or operate a pipeline for the transportation within facilities of flammable or combustible liquids. This requirement shall not apply to the off-site transportation in pipelines regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) nor does it apply to piping systems.

 

2.    To store, handle or use Class I liquids in excess of 5 gallons (19 L) in a building or in excess of 10 gallons (37.9 L) outside of a building, except that a permit is not required for the following:

 

2.1.    The storage or use of Class I liquids in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle, aircraft, motorboat, mobile power plant or mobile heating plant, unless such storage, in the opinion of the code official, would cause an unsafe condition.

 

2.2.    The storage or use of paints, oils, varnishes or similar flammable mixtures when such liquids are stored for maintenance, painting or similar purposes for a period of not more than 30 days.

 

3.    To store, handle or use Class II or Class IRA liquids in excess of 25 gallons (95 L) in a building or in excess of 60 gallons (227 L) outside a building, except for fuel oil used in connection with oil-burning equipment.

 

4.    To remove Class I or Class II liquids from an under-ground storage tank used for fueling motor vehicles by any means other than the approved, stationary on-site pumps normally used for dispensing purposes.

 

5.    To operate tank vehicles, equipment, tanks, plants, terminals, wells, fuel-dispensing stations, refineries, distilleries and similar facilities where flammable and combustible liquids are produced, processed, transported, stored, dispensed or used.

 

6.    To install, alter, remove, abandon, place temporarily out of service (for more than 90 days) or otherwise dispose of an underground, protected above-ground or above-ground flammable or combustible liquid tank.

 

7.    To change the type of contents stored in a flammable or combustible liquid tank to a material which poses a greater hazard than that for which the tank was de-signed and constructed.

 

8.    To manufacture, process, blend or refine flammable or combustible liquids.

 

105.6.18 Floor finishing.  An operational permit is required for floor finishing or surfacing operations exceeding 350 square feet (33 m2) using Class I or Class II liquids. 

 

105.6.19 Fruit and crop ripening.  An operational permit is required to operate a fruit-, or crop-ripening facility or con-duct a fruit-ripening process using ethylene gas. 

 

105.6.20 Fumigation and thermal insectidal fogging.  An operational permit is required to operate a business of fumigation or thermal insecticidal fogging and to maintain a room, vault or chamber in which a toxic or flammable fumigant is used. 

 

105.6.21 Hazardous materials.  An operational permit is required to store, transport on site, dispense, use or handle hazardous materials in excess of the amounts listed in Table

105.6.21. 

 

TABLE 105.6.21
PERMIT AMOUNTS FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

 

  TYPE OF MATERIAL   

AMOUNT   

Combustible liquids   

See Section 105.6.17   

Corrosive materials   

   

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

55 gallons*   

   

Solids   

1000 pounds*   

Explosive materials   

See Section 105.6.15   

Flammable materials   

   

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

See Section 105.6.17   

   

Solids   

100 pounds   

Highly toxic materials   

   

 

 

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

Any Amount   

   

Solids   

Any Amount   

Oxidizing materials   

   

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

   

   

   

Class 4   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 3   

1 gallon   

   

   

Class 2   

10 gallons   

   

   

Class 1   

55 gallons   

   

Solids   

   

   

   

Class 4   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 3   

10 pounds   

   

   

Class 2   

100 pounds   

   

   

Class 1   

500 pounds   

Organic peroxides   

   

   

Liquids   

   

   

   

Class I   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class II   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class III   

1 gallon   

   

   

Class IV   

2 gallons   

   

   

Class V   

No Permit Required   

   

Solids   

   

   

   

Class I   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class II   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class III   

10 pounds   

   

   

Class IV   

20 pounds   

   

   

Class V   

No Permit Required   

Pyrophoric materials   

   

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

Any Amount   

   

Solids   

Any Amount   

Toxic materials   

   

   

Gases   

See Section 105.6.9   

   

Liquids   

10 gallons   

   

Solids   

100 pounds   

Unstable (reactive) materials   

   

   

Liquids   

   

   

   

Class 4   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 3   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 2   

5 gallons   

   

   

Class 1   

10 gallons   

   

Solids   

   

   

   

Class 4   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 3   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 2   

50 pounds   

   

   

Class 1   

100 pounds   

Water-reactive Materials   

   

   

Liquids   

   

   

   

Class 3   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 2   

5 gallons   

   

   

Class 1   

55 gallons   

   

Solids   

   

   

   

Class 3   

Any Amount   

   

   

Class 2   

50 pounds   

   

   

Class 1   

500 pounds   

*   For SI: 1 gallon = 3.785 L, 1 pound = 0.454 kg.

 

105.6.22 HPM facilities.  An operational permit is required to store, handle or use hazardous production materials. 

 

105.6.23 High-piled storage.  An operational permit is required to use a building or portion thereof as a high-piled storage area exceeding 500 square feet (46 m2). 

 

105.6.24 Hot work operations.  An operational permit is required for hot work including, but not limited to: 

 

1.    Public exhibitions and demonstrations where hot work is conducted.

 

2.    Use of portable hot work equipment inside a structure.

 

Exception: Work that is conducted under a construction permit.

 

3.    Fixed-site hot work equipment such as welding booths.

 

4.    Hot work conducted within a hazardous fire area.

 

5.    Application of roof coverings with the use of an open-flame device.

6.    When approved, the code official shall issue a permit to carry out a Hot Work Program. This program allows approved personnel to regulate their facility's hot work operations. The approved personnel shall be trained in the fire safety aspects denoted in this chapter and shall be responsible for issuing permits requiring compliance with the requirements found in this chapter. These permits shall be issued only to their employees or hot work operations under their super-vision.

 

105.6.25 Industrial ovens.  An operational permit is required for operation of industrial ovens regulated by Chapter 21. 

 

105.6.26 Lumber yards and woodworking plants.  An operational permit is required for the storage or processing of lumber exceeding 100,000 board feet (8,333 ft3) (236 m3). 

 

105.6.27 Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings.  An operational permit is required to display, operate or demonstrate liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings. 

 

105.6.28 LP-gas.  An operational permit is required for: 

 

1.    Storage and use of LP-gas.

 

Exception: A permit is not required for individual containers with a 500-gallon (1893 L) water capacity or less serving occupancies in Group R-3.

 

2.    Operation of cargo tankers that transport LP-gas.

 

105.6.29 Magnesium.  An operational permit is required to melt, cast, heat treat or grind more than 10 pounds (4.54 kg) of magnesium. 

 

105.6.30 Miscellaneous combustible storage.  An operational permit is required to store in any building or upon any premises in excess of 2,500 cubic feet (71 m3) gross volume of combustible empty packing cases, boxes, barrels or similar containers, rubber tires, rubber, cork or similar combustible material. 

 

105.6.31 Open burning.  An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. Instructions and stipulations of the permit shall be adhered to. 

Exception: Recreational fires.

 

105.6.32 Open flames and candles.  An operational permit is required to remove paint with a torch; use a torch or open-flame device in a hazardous fire area; or to use open flames or candles in connection with assembly areas, dining areas of restaurants or drinking establishments. 

 

105.6.33 Organic coatings.  An operational permit is required for any organic-coating manufacturing operation producing more than 1 gallon (4 L) of an organic coating in one day. 

 

105.6.34 Places of assembly.  An operational permit is required to operate a place of assembly. 

 

105.6.35 Private fire hydrants.  An operational permit is required for the removal from service, use or operation of private fire hydrants. 

 

Exception: A permit is not required for private industry with trained maintenance personnel, private fire brigade or fire departments to maintain, test and use private hydrants.

 

105.6.36 Pyrotechnic special effects material.  An operational permit is required for use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material. 

 

105.6.37 Pyroxylin plastics.  An operational permit is required for storage or handling of more than 25 pounds (11 kg) of cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastics and for the assembly or manufacture of articles involving pyroxylin plastics. 

 

105.6.38 Refrigeration equipment.  An operational permit is required to operate a mechanical refrigeration unit or system regulated by Chapter 6. 

 

105.6.39 Repair garages and service stations.  An operational permit is required for operation of repair garages and automotive, marine and fleet service stations. 

 

105.6.40 Rooftop heliports.  An operational permit is required for the operation of a rooftop heliport. 

 

105.6.41 Spraying or dipping.  An operational permit is required to conduct a spraying or dipping operation utilizing flammable or combustible liquids or the application of combustible powders regulated by Chapter 15. 

 

105.6.42 Storage of scrap tires and tire byproducts.  An operational permit is required to establish, conduct or maintain storage of scrap tires and tire byproducts that exceeds 2,500 cubic feet (71 m  3  ) of total volume of scrap tires and for indoor storage of tires and tire byproducts. 

 

105.6.43 Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies.  An operational permit is required to operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 200 square feet (19 m  2  ), or a canopy in excess of 400 square feet (37 m  2  ). 

 

Exceptions:

 

1.    Tents used exclusively for recreational camping purposes.

 

2.    Fabric canopies and awnings open on all sides which comply with all of the following:

 

2.1.    Individual canopies shall have a maximum size of 700 square feet (65 m2).

 

2.2.    The aggregate area of multiple canopies placed side by side without a fire break clearance of 12 feet (3658 mm) shall not exceed 700 square feet (65 m2) total.

 

2.3.    A minimum clearance of 12 feet (3658 mm) to structures and other tents shall be provided.

 

105.6.44 Tire-rebuilding plants.  An operational permit is required for the operation and maintenance of a tire-rebuilding plant. 

 

105.6.45 Waste handling.  An operational permit is required for the operation of wrecking yards, junk yards and waste material-handling facilities. 

 

105.6.46 Wood products.  An operational permit is required to store chips, hogged material, lumber or plywood in excess of 200 cubic feet (6 m3). 

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

_______________________________

Alan Holtkamp

Assistant City Attorney