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File #: 220299    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 3/31/2022 In control: Committee on Licenses and Inspections
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Subcode "F" of Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "The Philadelphia Fire Code," to require the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in additional high-rise buildings, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson
Indexes: FIRE CODE
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 22029900.pdf

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Amending Subcode “F” of Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “The Philadelphia Fire Code,” to require the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in additional high-rise buildings, all under certain terms and conditions.

 

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

 

SECTION 1. Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code is amended as follows:

 

TITLE 4.  THE PHILADELPHIA BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND OCCUPANCY CODE

 

                                          

 

SUBCODE “F” (THE PHILADELPHIA FIRE CODE)

 

                                          

 

CHAPTER 11. 

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS

 

                                          

 

SECTION 1103  FIRE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS

 

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Add Sections F-1103.5.5 through F-1103.5.8.2 as follows:

 

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F-1103.5.6 High-rise buildings.  An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout existing high-rise buildings.

 

                     [Exception: Portions of high-rise buildings occupied by Group R-2 occupancies without a change in occupancy since December 18, 1991.]

 

[F-1103.5.6.1 High-rise Group R-2 occupancies.  An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in the following areas of existing Group R-2 occupancies in the portions of the high-rise building to which the requirements of Section F-1103.5.6 do not apply:

 

                     1.  Basements in accordance with Section F-1103.5.7.

 

                     2.  Rooms used for storage where the floor area exceeds 120 square feet (11 m2).

 

                     3.  Trash an incinerator chutes and rooms in accordance with F-1103.4.9.]

 

                                          

 

F-1103.5.8.2 Retrofit schedule.  Proof of compliance with the automatic sprinkler system installation requirements of this Section shall be submitted to the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the form of a certification pursuant to Section 901.  The required certification shall be submitted prior to January 1, 2022, provided that for portions of high-rise buildings containing Group R-2 occupancies, with respect to which an exemption under Section F-1103.5.6 applied on March 1, 2022, but which exception has been rescinded, the installation of automatic sprinkler systems shall be completed by ___________________, and the required certification shall be submitted prior to ___________________.

 

                                          

 

SECTION 2.  This Ordinance shall be effective immediately.

 

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