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May 10, 1999 <br />Council Agenda <br />Item No. 4 <br />TO: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council <br />FROM: Timothy Riley, Fire and Marine Chief <br />Dennis Lockard, Fire Marshal <br />SUBJECT: Adoption of the Fire Code <br />EXECUTIVE SUMMARY <br />In accordance with State law, model codes, as published by the Building Standards <br />Commission in Title 24, are mandated to be enforced on a specific date. The attached <br />ordinance will adopt the 1998 California Fire Code with specific local amendments in <br />the City of Newport Beach. Also included in this ordinance is the finding of facts for <br />local amendments in compliance with state law. <br />STATEMENT OF THE ISSUE(S) <br />Based on a January 1,1999, ruling by the California Building Standards Commission, the <br />1998 California Fire Code will go into effect July 1, 1999. Section 17922 of the Health <br />and Safety Code provides detailed explanation of the process. <br />Section 17958 deals with adoption of ordinances by cities. It states that cities may make <br />changes or modifications in the State provisions aeoopred pursuant to Section 17922 <br />upon express findings by the City Council that these changes are reasonable and <br />necessary because of local climatic, geological, or topographical conditions. These local <br />amendments, additions, and deletions to the 1998 California Fire Code take effect with <br />the effective date of the 1998 California Fire Code, July 1, 1999. Failure to do this will <br />impose state requirements without local amendments. <br />The 1998 California Fire Code is based on the 1997 Uniform.Fire Code developed by the <br />International Fire Code Institute. The-Uniform Fire Code is published every three <br />years. In total, over 200 changes have been made to the Uniform Fire Code since the <br />last publication in 1994, with the complete rewrite of nine of the forty-four Articles <br />(Chapters) in the code. Of particular note, is the complete rewrite of Article 32 dealing <br />with Tents, Canopies, and Temporary Membrane Structures. The City of Newport <br />Beach participated actively in making significant revisions to this article to benefit the <br />numerous special events that occur annually throughout the City. <br />In total, 38 changes are proposed in the Municipal adoption of the 1998 California Fire <br />Code. Several of these proposed changes are currently in the Municipal Code. <br />Retained is the current hazard mitigation standard for wildland fire hazard areas such <br />as Buck Gully and Morning Canyon. The adoption will also incorporate county <br />standards for new construction and fuel modification in anticipation of the annexation <br />of Newport Coast. <br />