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File #: 120103    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: LAPSED
File created: 2/16/2012 In control: Committee on Licenses and Inspections
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, Subcode "F" (The Philadelphia Fire Code) and Subcode "A" (The Philadelphia Administrative Code), by providing that building owners shall follow applicable requirements of State and City Construction Codes to conduct periodic inspection and testing of fire dampers, smoke dampers and smoke control systems; to require such inspections and testing be performed by qualified persons; and to provide for penalties for violations of such code requirements; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Henon
Indexes: FIRE CODE
Code sections: Title 4 - THE PHILADELPHIA BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND OCCUPANCY CODE
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 12010300.pdf
Title
Amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, Subcode "F" (The Philadelphia Fire Code) and Subcode "A" (The Philadelphia Administrative Code), by providing that building owners shall follow applicable requirements of State and City Construction Codes to conduct periodic inspection and testing of fire dampers, smoke dampers and smoke control systems; to require such inspections and testing be performed by qualified persons; and to provide for penalties for violations of such code requirements; all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code has adopted and incorporated by reference the International Fire Code, as codified at 34 Pa. Code § 403.21(7); and

WHEREAS, By Pennsylvania Act 45 of November 10, 1999 (35 P.S. § 7210.501(a)), as amended, the City of Philadelphia was required to adopt the International Fire Code in order to administer and enforce the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code; and

WHEREAS, As required by the above-referenced state law, the City of Philadelphia adopted the International Fire Code, as codified at Title 4, Subcode "F" of The Philadelphia Code, including recent updates to this Code; and

WHEREAS, In accordance with applicable State and City laws, as well as related manufacturer recommended installation, testing and inspection methods, building, and fire and mechanical industry codes and standards, fire dampers, smoke dampers and smoke control systems are installed in the ductwork of the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems of buildings throughout the City of Philadelphia and such devices must be installed and maintained in accordance with specific requirements to prevent the spreading of fire and smoke through a building's ductwork, which has been documented as a means by which fire and smoke can spread to areas beyond the fire's origin; and

WHEREAS, The International Fire Code § 703.1.2, incorporated by applicable State and City laws, specifically requ...

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