§ 13-196-205

Automatic sprinkler system installation in existing high-rise buildings

Subject to the exceptions listed below, every existing building exceeding 80 feet in height above grade shall be protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system meeting the requirements of Chapter 15-16 of this Code unless otherwise provided by Section 13-196-207. The owner of each such building shall, no later than September 1, 2005, submit for approval to the bureau of fire prevention a plan for compliance with the requirements of this section. The requirements of this section shall be enforceable against the building owner and against any subsequent owner.

Every building subject to the provisions of this section shall comply with the following schedule for installation of an approved automatic sprinkler system: one-third of the gross square footage of the building shall be equipped with automatic sprinklers by January 1, 2009; two-thirds of the gross square footage of the building shall be equipped with automatic sprinklers by January 1, 2013; and the entire gross square footage of the building shall be equipped with automatic sprinklers by January 1, 2017. Buildings subject to any of the following exceptions 3 through 7, inclusive, shall comply with the requirements of Section 13-196-206.

Exception Number 1: An open-air parking facility meeting the requirements of Section 13-96-920 of this Code.

Exception Number 2: The open-air portions of a stadium.

Exception Number 3: A building that is classified as a Class A-2, Multiple Dwelling, and that is a non- transient residential use. This exception includes (a) all approved auxiliary use areas of the building other than parking garages; and (b) any parking garage in the building that is used exclusively by the building’s non- transient residential occupants and their guests or by persons who, pursuant to a written lease agreement, rent space in the building’s parking garage for use by a designated motor vehicle in time increments of at least one month in duration.

Exception Number 4: The following portions of a building classified as a mixed occupancy building:

A.

any portion of a mixed occupancy building that is classified as a Class A-2, non-transient residential use;

B.

any approved auxiliary use area wholly contained within a Class A-2, non-transient residential use portion of a mixed occupancy building;

C.

any parking garage in a mixed occupancy building that is used exclusively by the building’s non- transient residential occupants and their guests or by persons who, pursuant to a written lease agreement, rent space in the building’s parking garage for use by a designated motor vehicle in time increments of at least one month in duration;

D.

any portion of a mixed occupancy building, other than those portions of the building classified as a Class A-2, non-transient residential use, if all of the following criteria are met:

1.

the cumulative total of the building’s floor areas not classified as a Class A-2, non-transient residential use does not exceed ten percent of the total floor area of the building. The floor areas of parking garages used exclusively by the building’s non-transient residential occupants and their guests shall be excluded from the calculation of the building’s total floor areas not classified as a Class A-2, non-transient residential use and from the calculation of the total floor area of the building; and

2.

occupancy separations are provided in accordance with Table 13-56-280 as set out in Section 13-56-280 of this Code; and

3.

the mixed occupancy building must be either of Type I, fire-resistive construction or of Type II, non-combustible construction; and

4.

all of the exempted areas within the mixed occupancy building, other than those portions of the building classified as a Class A-2, non-transient residential use, are located in the building at a floor level elevation that does not exceed 80 feet in height above average grade.

Exception Number 5: A building designated as a Chicago Landmark pursuant to Article XVII of Chapter 2-120 of this Code unless the landmarked building is required to be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system by other provisions of this Code.

Exception Number 6: A building within a landmark district designated pursuant to Article XVII of Chapter 2-120 of this Code and determined to be a contributing building unless the contributing building is required to be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system by other provisions of this Code.

Exception Number 7: A building color-coded red or orange in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey , published in 1996, unless the building is required to be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system by other provisions of this Code.

For purposes of this section, “non-transient residential” means a residential use other than a hotel, motel, bed-and-breakfast establishment, dormitory, transitional shelter, emergency shelter or other temporary residential use.

(Added Coun. J. 12-15-04, p. 39962, § 3)

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