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  • CHAPTER9
    FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

    User note: Code change proposals to sections preceded by the designation [F] will be considered by the International Fire Code
    Development Committee during the 2016 (Group B) Code Development Cycle. See explanation on page iv.

    SECTION901
    GENERAL

    901.1 Scope.

    The provisions of this chapter shall specify where fire protection systems are required and shall apply to the design, installation and operation of fire protection systems.

    901.2Fire protection systems.

    Fire protection systems shall be installed, repaired, operated and maintained in accordance with this code and the International Fire Code.

    Any fire protection system for which an exception or reduction to the provisions of this code has been granted shall be considered to be a required system.

    Exception: Any fire protection system or portion thereof not required by this code shall be permitted to be installed for partial or complete protection provided that such system meets the requirements of this code.

    901.3 Modifications.

    Persons shall not remove or modify any fire protection system installed or maintained under the provisions of this code or the International Fire Code without approval by the building official.

    901.4 Threads.

    Threads provided for fire department connections to sprinkler systems, standpipes, yard hydrants or any other fire hose connection shall be compatible with the connections used by the local fire department.

    901.5 Acceptance tests.

    Fire protection systems shall be tested in accordance with the requirements of this code and the International Fire Code. When required, the tests shall be conducted in the presence of the building official. Tests required by this code, the International Fire Code and the standards listed in this code shall be conducted at the expense of the owner or the owner's authorized agent. It shall be unlawful to occupy portions of a structure until the required fire protection systems within that portion of the structure have been tested and approved.

    901.6 Supervisory service.

    Where required, fire protection systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with NFPA 72.

    901.6.1 Automatic sprinkler systems.

    Automatic sprinkler systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station.

    Exceptions:

    1. 1.A supervising station is not required for automatic sprinkler systems protecting one- and two-family dwellings.

    2. 2.Limited area systems serving fewer than 20 sprinklers.

    901.6.2 Fire alarm systems.

    Fire alarm systems required by the provisions of Section 907.2 of this code and Sections 907.2 and 907.9 of the International Fire Code shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with Section 907.6.6.

    Exceptions:

    1. 1.Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms required by Section 907.2.11.

    2. 2.Smoke detectors in Group I-3 occupancies.

    3. 3.Supervisory service is not required for automatic sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings.

    901.6.3 Group H.

    Supervision and monitoring of emergency alarm, detection and automatic fire-extinguishing systems in Group H occupancies shall be in accordance with the International Fire Code.

    901.7 Fire areas.

    Where buildings, or portions thereof, are divided into fire areas so as not to exceed the limits established for requiring a fire protection system in accordance with this chapter, such fire areas shall be separated by fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711, or both, having a fire-resistance rating of not less than that determined in accordance with Section 707.3.10.

    [F]901.8 Pump and riser room size.

    Where provided, fire pump rooms and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be designed with adequate space for all equipment necessary for the installation, as defined by the manufacturer, with sufficient working room around the stationary equipment. Clearances around equipment to elements of permanent construction, including other installed equipment and appliances, shall be sufficient to allow inspection, service, repair or replacement without removing such elements of permanent construction or disabling the function of a required fire-resistance-rated assembly. Fire pump and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be provided with a door(s) and unobstructed passageway large enough to allow removal of the largest piece of equipment.