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16.04.150 Adoption of Amended IFC Section 503 – Fire Apparatus Access Roads.
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A. WAC 51-0500 is not adopted.

B. IFC Section 503, Fire Apparatus Access Roads, as published by the International Code Council, is adopted by reference. IFC Section 503, as amended in this section, shall govern fire apparatus access roads in the City of Vancouver.

C. The fire code official is authorized to modify the requirements found in IFC Section 503.2 where:

1. The building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with IFC Section 903.3.1.1, 903.1.1.2 or 903.3.1.3.

2. Fire apparatus access roads cannot be installed because of location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, and approved alternative means of fire protection is provided.

3. There are not more than two Group 3 R-3 or Group U occupancies.

D. IFC Section 503.2.5, Dead Ends is amended to read as follows:

503.2.5 Dead Ends. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 200 feet (60,960 mm) in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.

E. Aerial Fire Apparatus Access. A new subsection, 503.1.4, is added to IFC Section 503.1 to read as follows:

Buildings four or more stories in height shall be provided with approved aerial fire apparatus access roads. Aerial fire apparatus access roads shall be provided within 25 feet of the building, but not less than 15 feet from the building, along the length of one side of the building.

(Ord. M-4138 §13, 2015; Ord. M-3837 §3, 2007; Ord. M-3662 §1, 2004; Ord. M-3659 §1, 2004)