[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen (now City Council) of the City of Chicopee as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this article is to provide a basic minimum standard for the installation and maintenance of automatic smoke and heat detectors in buildings. The installation of said devices is intended for the protection of life.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APARTMENT HOUSE
- A building containing six or more dwelling units with independent cooking and bathroom facilities.
- Equipment or materials listed or labeled or included on a list published by an organization acceptable to the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations or the State Fire Marshal, which organization is concerned with product evaluation, maintains periodic inspections or production of listed equipment or materials and whose listing states whether the equipment or materials meet appropriate standards or have been tested and found suitable for use in a specific manner.
- AUTOMATIC HEAT DETECTOR
- A device which automatically detects abnormally high temperature or acts of temperature rise and automatically indicates an audible alarm that can be effectively heard above the maximum noise level obtained under normal conditions of occupancy.
- AUTOMATIC SMOKE DETECTOR
- A device which automatically detects the visible or invisible particles of combustion and automatically indicates an audible alarm that can be effectively heard above the maximum noise level obtained under normal conditions of occupancy.
- BOARDING- OR LODGING HOUSE
- A building in which separate sleeping rooms are rented providing sleeping accommodations for persons on either a transient or a permanent basis, with or without meals, but which may have separate cooking facilities for individual occupants.
- A building or space in a building where group sleeping accommodations are provided for persons not members of the same family group, in one room or in a series of closely associated rooms under joint occupancy and single management, as in college dormitories, fraternity houses, military barracks and ski lodges, with or without meals, but without individual cooking facilities.
- DWELLING UNIT
- A single living unit consisting of one or more rooms and providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, cooking and sanitation.
- A building or a group of buildings under the same management in which there are more than 15 sleeping accommodations for hire, primarily, but not solely, used by transients who are lodged with or without meals, whether designated as a hotel, inn, club, motel or by any other name.
Each dwelling unit used for residential purposes shall be equipped with an approved automatic smoke or heat detector located on the highest habitable level on each floor.
Each hotel, boarding- or lodging house shall be equipped with an approved automatic smoke or heat detector for each sleeping accommodation, unless said hotel, boarding- or lodging house is equipped with a sprinkler system.
Each dormitory shall be equipped with an approved automatic smoke or heat detector for each sleeping accommodation.
Newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated buildings shall be governed by the State Building Code for the installation of automatic heat or smoke detectors.
The Fire Department may inspect all residential buildings and may issue orders as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this article.
The owner of the premises is responsible to ensure compliance with this article.
[Amended 2-15-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this article shall be fined $100 for each offense; and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or on which a violation continues.
[Adopted 3-20-2007 by Ord. No. 07-30]
Permit fees shall be as follows: