Chapter 29 – Fire Prevention

29.01-Fire Prevention Code

29.02-City Fire Inspector

29.03-Right of Entry for Inspection


29.05-Smoke Detectors

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“2003 International Fire Code” as published by the International Code Council, Inc. is hereby adopted as the Fire Prevention Code of the City with the following changes, additions or insertions:

Section 101.1, insert “City of Hickory Hills”.

Section 103.2, change to read “The code official is the fire inspector.”

Section 105.1.1, add the following, “The code official shall establish a schedule of permit fees which are required to be paid in conjunction with the issuance of any required permit”.

Section 108, delete in full. All appeals shall be taken as provided in the Building Code.

Section 109.3, change the first sentence to read, “A penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $750 is hereby imposed for each violation of this Code”.

Section 111.4, delete in full.

Section 3204.3.1.1, add the following, “The code official shall establish the limits in which storage is prohibited”.

Section 3404., add the following, “The code official shall establish the limits in which storage is prohibited”.

Section 3406.2.4.4, add the following, “The code official shall establish the limits in which storage is prohibited”.

Section 3804.2, add the following, “The code official shall establish the limits in which storage is prohibited”.

Appendix B, Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings, is hereby adopted.

Appendix C, Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution, is hereby adopted. Appendix D, Fire Apparatus Access Roads, is hereby adopted. Appendix E, Hazard Categories, is hereby adopted. Appendix F, Hazard Ranking, is hereby adopted.

Appendix G, Cryogenic Fluids–Weight and Volume Equivalents, is hereby adopted.

In the event that the 2003 International Fire Code does not contain provisions on an issue, then the provisions of the Life Safety Code, as published by the National Fire Protection Association shall govern unless waived by the code official for due cause in hardship situations.

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(a) There is hereby created the office of City Fire Inspector. The City Fire Inspector shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. The recommendations of the Fire Chief of the several Fire Protection Districts serving the City of Hickory Hills may be solicited and considered in such appointment.

(b) The City Fire Inspector may designate such subordinates as he may deem necessary to carry out the duties of his office and shall transmit the names of such subordinates to the Mayor for his approval. Any such subordinates approved by the Mayor may be called "Deputy Fire Inspectors".

(c) The City Fire Inspector and his designated subordinates shall be regular officers or members of any Fire Department serving the City of Hickory Hills, and shall be paid such compensation as may be determined by ordinance by the City Council.

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The City Fire Inspector is hereby empowered at all reasonable hours, in accordance with the law and the statutes in such case made and provided, to enter any building, structure, or premises within his jurisdiction for the purpose of making any inspection or investigation which he may deem necessary to be made under the provisions of this chapter. Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow the City Fire Inspector to enter any building in violation of any constitutional provision.

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The City Fire Inspector in conjunction with and with the approval of the Building Commissioner of the City of Hickory Hills shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the Fire Code upon application in writing by the owner or lessee, or his duly authorized agent, where there are practical difficulties in the carrying out of the strict letter of the Fire Code as it would apply to the proposed building or structure provided, however, that the spirit of the Fire Code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification when granted or allowed and the decision of the City Fire Inspector together with the approval of the Building Commissioner thereon shall be entered upon the records of the department and the Building Department, and a signed copy shall be furnished the applicant.

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Whenever the installation of a smoke detector is required in an existing multi-family building, the installation of a battery powered smoke detector shall be sufficient, except that smoke detectors permanently wired to the electrical service shall be required upon the conversion of such building to a condominium.

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