SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES. Plans ReviewsInspectionsModular Building Units. PLANS REVIEW. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for reviewing and approving architectural/engineering design drawings statewide for construction of the following types of occupancies as de
1. STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE Codes Enforcement Section MISSION
To ensure that the citizens of Tennessee live and work in a safe environment through proper and uniform enforcement of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, codes and standards.
2. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Plans Reviews
Modular Building Units
3. PLANS REVIEW The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for reviewing and approving architectural/engineering design drawings statewide for construction of the following types of occupancies as defined in the 2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, Chapter 6. [Rule 0780-2-3-.02 Submission of Plans]
1. All state owned and state leased facilities
2. All facilities requiring a State Fire Marshal inspection for initial licensure
requirements by other state departments or agencies
3. All education occupancies (K-12), public and private
4. All day-care centers including adult day-care
5. All detention and correctional facilities
6. All places of assembly having an aggregate capacity of 300 or more persons
7. All business occupancies and residential occupancies three stories or more
8. All two-story residential occupancies having twelve units or more
9. All covered mall occupancies
10. All high hazard industrial occupancies (H-1 and H-2 per 1999 SBC definition)
4. PLANS REVIEW The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is not responsible for reviewing and approving architectural/engineering design drawings statewide for construction of the following types of occupancies.
One-family and two-family dwellings (Exception: Modular Building Units)
Nonresidential farm buildings
Temporary buildings used exclusively for construction purposes
Structures or units regulated under the provisions of chapter 126 of this title
Buildings or facilities reviewed and licensed by the board for licensing health care facilities.
5. PLANS REVIEW The following thirty-three (33) local jurisdictions are authorized by exemption as granted by the state to perform independent plans review and inspections for occupancies listed in items 5 thru 10 (in addition, they have concurrent jurisdiction with the state on items 1 thru 4).
Alcoa, Athens, Bartlett, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dyersburg, Franklin, Gatlinburg, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knox County (Farragut not included), Knoxville, Lebanon, Madison County, Maryville, Memphis/Shelby County, Millington, Montgomery County, Murfreesboro, Nashville/Davidson County (Oak Hill, Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Berry Hill, & Lakewood not included), Oak Ridge, Paris, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and White
6. PLANS REVIEW The 33-local codes enforcement jurisdictions have received a formal exemption from the State Fire Marshal’s Office as authorized by TCA 68-120-101(b)(2) by adopting a building construction safety code consisting of the Standard Building Code (published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc.) or the International Building Code (published by the International Code Council) and either:
1. The Standard Fire Prevention Code (published by the Southern
Building Code Congress International);
2. The International Fire Code (published by the International Code
3. The Fire Prevention Code (published by the National Fire Protection
Association, Inc. - 2003 NFPA 1 The Uniform Fire Code)
7. PLANS REVIEW Construction is defined as the erection of a new building, and addition to an existing building, a change of occupancy, an alteration that alters the exit arrangement, fire resistive assemblies, or type of construction, or involves the installation of fire suppression or detection systems or fuel fired equipment.
Excavation and site preparation are not included.
8. PLANS REVIEW For a project to obtain approval, the following information must be submitted for review and approval:
9. PLANS REVIEW 1. Submit two sets of building design drawings and one set of specifications sealed by an architect or engineer registered in the State of Tennessee. The plans must be complete with site, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical drawings. Construction documents must be developed utilizing the 1999 Standard Building Code (SBC), the 2003 National Fire Codes, 2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, and either the 1991 North Carolina Handicapped Code Volume 1-C with the 1996 Revisions or the Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard (CABO/ANSI A117.1-1992 American National Standard; Council of American Building Officials).
As of July 1, 2006 all buildings covered by the Tennessee Accessibility Act which are constructed, enlarged, or substantially altered or repaired must be designed to one of the following: a) The 2002 North Carolina Accessibility Code with 2004 Amendments, b) currently enforced American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) or the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) (whichever is applicable).
10. PLANS REVIEW
2. A completed plans review submittal form (PRSF).
3. A certified review fee based on the estimated cost of construction as shown on the PRSF must be submitted with plans and specifications at the initial submission. Plans will not be reviewed until the fee is paid.
State owned projects with SBC (State Building Commission) numbers will be journal vouched between Departments.
11. PLANS REVIEW
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12. INSPECTIONS Mandated Inspections – New Construction
Courtesy Inspections – Existing Construction
Annual School Inspection Program
13. Mandated Inspections – New Construction Inspection for new construction for public and private (K-12) schools, day care centers, State owned and State leased buildings, assembly occupancies having an aggregate capacity of 300 or more people, three or more story residential and business occupancies enclosed shopping malls, high hazard industrial occupancies, detention and correctional occupancies, two story residential occupancies with twelve units or more, and all facilities requiring a State inspection for initial licensure by a State Department are mandated by statute and rule
14. Courtesy Inspections – Existing Construction Inspections of youth development centers, juvenile detention centers, child services licensed agencies, state prisons, private prisons, child care in public and private schools, DHS licensed day care and group day care centers, alcohol and drug abuse centers, and mental retardation facilities are performed as a courtesy to other State departments.
These inspections are vital for the protection of some of Tennessee’s most at risk citizens.
15. Other Inspections Other fire safety inspections including blasting investigations and monitoring, fire extinguisher dealers, fireworks retailers, L.P. gas licensees, and miscellaneous complaints are performed.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has statutory authority to inspect existing structures whenever deemed necessary by the Commissioner of Commerce & Insurance, when a complaint is made, or when hazardous conditions are uncovered or suspected.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is not mandated by statute or rule to inspect buildings for fire safety once it conducts a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy for newly constructed buildings.
16. Annual School Inspection Program January 1, 2001, program implemented to provide annual inspections of all public and private schools, K-12, to ensure compliance with the Life Safety Code, Chapter 15 – Existing Educational Occupancies of the national Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Codes.
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17. Modular Building Units Provides oversight of the Tennessee Modular Building Program.
Approval and monitoring of third party design review agencies and construction inspection agencies performing contract services to modular building unit manufacturers.
Cursory plans reviews performed on model drawings.
Licensing of all manufacturers, dealers, and installers doing business in the State.
Assist local building and fire official in understanding of requirements pertaining to construction, placement, and local jurisdiction responsibilities.
18. Modular Building Units Tennessee Modular Buildings are designed and submitted under the following codes:
(a) The National Electrical Code, 2002 edition
(b) The International Building Code, 2003 edition
(c) The International Mechanical Code, 2003 edition
(d) The International Fuel Gas Code, 2003 edition
(e) The International Plumbing Code, 2003 edition
(f) The International Energy Conservation Code, 2003 edition
(g) The Tennessee Public Buildings Accessibility Act, Tenn. Code Ann., Title 68,
Chapter 120, Part 2 (Tenn. Code Ann. §68-120-201, et seq.), where applicable
(h) Safety Glazing Materials, Tenn. Code Ann., Title 68, Chapter 120, Part 3 (Tenn.
Code Ann.§68-120-301 et seq.)
(i) The International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, 2003
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