Section 110-107; Ord. 20209; Amending Chapter 9 of the City Code as it relates to fire sprinkler systems in fraternity and sorority buildings

Ordinance No. 20209                            Council Bill No. B 79-08 A


amending Chapter 9 of the City Code as it relates to fire sprinkler systems in fraternity and sorority buildings; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.


    SECTION 1.    Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 9-22.  Amendments

    The code adopted by this article is hereby amended by substituting the following sections in lieu of those sections with corresponding numbers in the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Code, or where there is no corresponding section in the code, the following sections shall be enacted as additions to the code:

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903.2.7.1 Fraternity and Sorority Houses. An automatic fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 shall be provided in all existing fraternity and sorority houses by December 31, 2012.  Each fraternity and sorority house and fraternity and sorority annex with sixteen (16) or more occupants existing on March 16, 2009 shall install at a minimum an automatic fire sprinkler system, designed and installed under the current edition of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 13R, in accordance with Section 903.3 of the 2006 International Fire Code, no later than March 16, 2016.

New fraternity and sorority houses and fraternity and sorority annexes and such houses and annexes that undergo renovation of their space, shall install at a minimum an NFPA 13R fire sprinkler system.

The city council may vary the requirements of this section for any fraternity or sorority house the owners of which have been unable to comply with this section despite making good faith efforts to do so.

For purposes of this section, “fraternity and sorority house” means any building used as a dwelling and occupied by and maintained exclusively or primarily for college, university or professional school students who are affiliated with a social, honorary or professional organization recognized currently or in the past by a college, university or professional school.

     1.    Year one, 2007, will be used to plan the installation of sprinkler systems.
     2.    Years one and two, 2007 and 2008, will be used acquire and appropriate needed funds.
     3.    Years three through five, 2009, 2010 and 2011, will be used to engineer and install fire sprinkler systems.

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    SECTION 2.    This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 16th day of March, 2009.