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  • CHAPTER1
    SCOPE AND ADMINISTRATION

    PART1GENERAL PROVISIONS

    SECTION101
    SCOPE AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

    [A]101.1 Title.

    These regulations shall be known as the Wildland-Urban Interface Code of [NAME OF JURISDICTION], hereinafter referred to as “this code.”

    [A]101.2 Scope.

    The provisions of this code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, repair, maintenance and use of any building, structure or premises within the wildland-urban interface areas in this jurisdiction.

    Buildings or conditions in existence at the time of the adoption of this code are allowed to have their use or occupancy continued, if such condition, use or occupancy was legal at the time of the adoption of this code, provided such continued use does not constitute a distinct danger to life or property.

    Buildings or structures moved into or within the jurisdiction shall comply with the provisions of this code for new buildings or structures.

    [A]101.2.1 Appendices.

    Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.

    [A]101.3 Objective.

    The objective of this code is to establish minimum regulations consistent with nationally recognized good practice for the safeguarding of life and for property protection. Regulations in this code are intended to mitigate the risk to life and structures from intrusion of fire from wildland fire exposures and fire exposures from adjacent structures and to mitigate structure fires from spreading to wildland fuels. The extent of this regulation is intended to be tiered commensurate with the relative level of hazard present.

    The unrestricted use of property in wildland-urban interface areas is a potential threat to life and property from fire and resulting erosion. Safeguards to prevent the occurrence of fires and to provide adequate fire protection facilities to control the spread of fire in wildland-urban interface areas shall be in accordance with this code.

    This code shall supplement the jurisdiction’s building and fire codes, if such codes have been adopted, to provide for special regulations to mitigate the fire- and life-safety hazards of the wildland-urban interface areas.

    [A]101.4 Retroactivity.

    The provisions of the code shall apply to conditions arising after the adoption thereof, conditions not legally in existence at the adoption of this code and conditions that, in the opinion of the code official, constitute a distinct hazard to life or property.

    Exception: Provisions of this code that specifically apply to existing conditions are retroactive.

    [A]101.5 Additions or alterations.

    Additions or alterations shall be permitted to be made to any building or structure without requiring the existing building or structure to comply with all of the requirements of this code, provided the addition or alteration conforms to that required for a new building or structure.

    Exception: Provisions of this code that specifically apply to existing conditions are retroactive.

    Additions or alterations shall not be made to an existing building or structure that will cause the existing building or structure to be in violation of any of the provisions of this code nor shall such additions or alterations cause the existing building or structure to become unsafe. An unsafe condition shall be deemed to have been created if an addition or alteration will cause the existing building or structure to become structurally unsafe or overloaded; will not provide adequate access in compliance with the provisions of this code or will obstruct existing exits or access; will create a fire hazard; will reduce required fire resistance or will otherwise create conditions dangerous to human life.

    [A]101.6 Maintenance.

    Buildings, structures, landscape materials, vegetation, defensible space or other devices or safeguards required by this code shall be maintained in conformance to the code edition under which installed. The owner or the owner’s authorized agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of buildings, structures, landscape materials and vegetation.

    PART2ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

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