High-Rise Retrofit Ordinance #172284

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City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
INFORMATION BULLETIN


 HIGH-RISE RETROFIT ORDINANCE # 172284
(Extensions of Time for Compliance)

 

Ordinance 172284, effective 12/17/98, allows extensions of time to comply with the High Rise Retrofit Ordinances #163836, #167136 and #169322. Buildings not already in compliance with the High Rise Retrofit Ordinances are classified into three categories:


          CATEGORY 1. Vacant Buildings  
          CATEGORY 2. Buildings with Occupancy Below Second Floor
          CATEGORY 3. Buildings with Occupancy Above First Floor.


This information bulletin is a summary defining how extensions of time will be granted for each category. Applications for extensions shall be submitted and the appropriate fee paid prior to review by the Department of Building and Safety and the Fire Department. For more information or filing a time extension request, please contact Fire Sprinkler Inspectors Stan Angelotti (213) 482-0336 or Lee Garcia (213) 482-0355 of the Department of Building and Safety.

 

CATEGORY 1 - VACANT BUILDINGS

Time Extension

  • Time extension(s) will be granted in two-year intervals.
  • If a building becomes open to unauthorized entry, the time extension will be terminated and the building will be subject to full compliance.

Condition of Approval

  • Secure the building from unauthorized entry.

Reoccupying the Building

  • Conditions of Approval as stated in Category 2 (for Occupancy Below Second Floor Only) or Category 3 (for Occupancy Above First Floor) have to be met prior to reoccupancy.

 

CATEGORY 2- BUILDINGS ONLY OCCUPIED BELOW SECOND FLOOR


Time Extension

  • Time extension(s) will be granted in two-year intervals.
  • If the unoccupied area of a building becomes open to unauthorized entry, the time extension will be terminated and the building will be subject to full compliance.

Conditions of Approval

  • Secure the unoccupied areas of the building from unauthorized entry.
  • Provide a two-hour fire separation between the occupied and unoccupied areas.
  • Install fire sprinklers in all occupied areas.

Reoccupying Other Additional Floor(s)

  • Conditions of Approval as stated in Category 3 have to be met prior to reoccupancy.


CATEGORY 3 -- BUILDINGS WITH OCCUPANCY ABOVE FIRST FLOOR

All floors in Category 3 Buildings must be retrofitted. Two three-year extensions (maximum six years) will be allowed for completing the retrofit of Category 3 Buildings.


First Three-year Extension

  •  Extension for a total of three years will be granted in one-year intervals.
  •  If the following conditions of approval are not complied with, the time extension will be terminated and the building will be subject to full compliance.

Conditions of Approval

  •  Retrofit the building by installing all of following:

           - Elevator lobby vestibules from the second floor through the highest occupied floor.*
           - Fire sprinklers with the base system (pumps, standpipes and alarms) from the ground floor through one floor above the highest occupied floor.
           - Example: a 12-story building with tenants on floors 1, 2, 9 and 10
                            - Elevator lobby vestibules to be installed from floors 2 thru 10
                            - Fire sprinklers to be installed from floors 1 thru 11

  •  Submit a “Plan of Action,” along with the time extension request, specifying the compliance timelines. The following are  MAXIMUM time lines for the plan of action:
 Plan SubmittalPermit IssuedSystem Installation (commencing)System Installation (completion)
Standpipe System3 months4 months5 months12 months**
Fire Pump3 months4 months9 months12 months**
Sprinkler Floor Distribution System3 months4 months6 monthsone floor every 2 months***
Fire Alarm System3 months4 months6 months

Base System:12 months**
Floor System: one floor every 2 months**

Emergency Power12 months16 months24 months36 months**
Stairwell Ventilation24 months28 months29 months36 months**
Elevator Vestibules3 months4 months6 monthsone floor every 2 months***
Fire Pump Room3 months4 months5 months6 months**
Disabled Access Requirements3 months4 months6 monthsone floor every 2 months***

*   A two-year extension of time for complying with Disabled Access Regulations may be granted to the floors when
    ONLY the elevator lobby vestibule is constructed.
**  Times are from the date the INITIAL extension of time is granted.
*** Times are from the system installation COMMENCING date.

Second Three-Year Extension

  •  If the conditions of approval for the first three-year extension are completed, a second three-year extension of time may    be granted in one-year intervals for completing the retrofit requirements of other remaining unoccupied floors.

 

 

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