Article I. Fire Prevention

2.12.010 Standard codes adopted.


There is adopted by the city for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion that certain code known as the Standard Fire Prevention Code recommended by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., being particularly the 1991 edition thereof, and any subsequent additions and amendments thereto, of which code a copy has been and is now filed in the office of the fire chief, and the same is incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein; and the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the city, except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, amended or modified.


There is also adopted in its entirety the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code, 1985 edition, to supplement the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city respecting the proper delivery of safety services to the community.

(Ord. O-10-93 § 4 (part), 1993; Ord. O-09-93, 1993; prior code § 2-3-1)

2.12.020 Annual building inspections.

At least once in each and every year, the fire chief, or his designate, shall make a general inspection of all buildings in the corporate limits and ascertain if the laws and ordinances in reference to fire protection are complied with. It shall be the duty of the department to notify the occupant and owner of all premises of any defects or hazards found in this general inspection, and see that they are properly corrected.

(Ord. O-10-93 § 4 (part), 1993; prior code § 2-3-2)

2.12.030 Reports of inspections.

The fire chief shall report before February 15 the number and dates of general and quarterly inspections during the preceding year ending December 31, upon blanks furnished by the insurance commissioner, and furnish such other information and make such other reports as shall be called for by the insurance commissioner.

(Ord. O-10-93 § 4 (part), 1993; prior code § 2-3-3)

2.12.040 Notice to repair unsafe buildings.

Every building which shall appear to the inspector to be dangerous to life or limb or, because of its liability to fire, bad conditions of walls, overloaded construction, decay or other cause, shall be held to be unsafe; and the inspector shall affix a notice of the dangerous character of the structure at a conspicuous place on the exterior wall of the building and shall give immediate notice to the owner or agent, fixing a reasonable time under the circumstances for the correction of such condition.

(Prior code § 2-3-4)

2.12.050 Fire limits.

The city fire limits shall be as determined by the city council.

(Prior code § 2-3-5)

2.12.060 Fire investigation.

The fire chief and/or his designated assistants shall investigate all fires and shall file a report with the state fire marshal. In cases of fires of a suspicious origin or when arson is suspected, the fire chief has the authority to call for assistance from any outside agency.

(Ord. O-10-93 § 4 (part), 1993; prior code § 2-3-6)