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Updates to 527 CMR. Updates and changes to 527 CMR May 1, 2008 through May 1, 2009. Overview. Revisions to existing regulations. New Regulations. Revised forms. Application for License (FP-2A) License (FP-2) Annual Registration Upcoming regulatory changes . 527 CMR 1.03(9).

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updates to 527 cmr

Updates to 527 CMR

Updates and changes to 527 CMR

May 1, 2008 through May 1, 2009

overview
Overview
  • Revisions to existing regulations.
  • New Regulations.
  • Revised forms.
    • Application for License (FP-2A)
    • License (FP-2)
    • Annual Registration
  • Upcoming regulatory changes
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527 CMR 1.03(9)
  • Makes it a violation to install “fake” fire protection devices.
  • Non-operable fire protection devices used to conceal cameras, intrusion alarms etc.
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527 CMR 1.03 (6)(a)
  • Allows the Marshal to suspend or revoke any permit, license, certificate or approval issued by him.
    • Without a hearing
    • In cases where continued operation would constitute an immediate threat to public safety.
    • Written notice and right to a hearing within 30 days.
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527 CMR 1.03(6)(b)
  • Requires that the holder of any license, certificate or approval issued by the Marshal shall…
    • Provide the Marshal with an accurate mailing address at the time of application.
    • Notify the Marshal within 14 days of a change of address.
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527 CMR 1.03(6)(c)
  • Provides that any notice sent by the Marshal to the holder of a license, permit, certificate, or approval shall be deemed delivered and received if…
    • Sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
    • To the address on file with the Marshal at the time of mailing.
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527 CMR 13.03
  • Revises the definition of “Charge Activated Devices”
    • Now defines a charge activated devices as devices that breaks rock or concrete as a result of either hydraulic or gas pressure.
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527 CMR 13.15
  • Provides that Blasting Damage Complaints be on a form approved by the Marshal
    • Eliminates the actual form from the code.
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527 CMR 4.03(5)(a)
  • Amended to add another class of Underwriters Listed tank as being acceptable for use.
    • UL 2258
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527 CMR 8.21(8)
  • Establish 15,000 gallons in the aggregate as the maximum amount of flammable liquid that may be stored in cargo, portable, or transfer tank without a license, provided a permit has been obtained from the fire department.
  • Does not apply to parcels of land permitted by the fire department prior to Sept. 1, 2008
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527 CMR 8.21(9)
  • Establish 15,000 gallons in the aggregate as the maximum amount of Class II combustible liquid that may be stored in cargo, portable, or transfer tank without a license, provided a permit has been obtained from the fire department.
  • Does not apply to parcels of land permitted by the fire department prior to Sept. 1, 2008
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527 CMR 10.13(d), (e)
  • Revised the implementation dates for…
    • Designated crowd manager.
    • Fire and Building Safety Checklist.
  • Until July 1, 2009
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527 CMR 14.03(1)
  • Mandates that permits for the storage of flammable or combustible liquids, solids or gases be renewed on an annual basis.
  • Fire department may condition renewal upon a satisfactory inspection.
  • May require documentation confirming compliance with the OSHA PSM Standard.
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527 CMR 14.03(10)
  • Clarifies that 527 CMR 8 is the appropriate standard to regulate cargo, portable and transfer tanks.
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527 CMR 9.05(H)
  • Revised the section on corrosion protection to continue to require corrosion protection for certain emergency generator tanks.
    • Provisions left out in error during redrafting of the regulation.
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527 CMR 10.09(b)
  • Permits one of the 4 required fire drills to be a multi-hazard drill.
    • Multi-hazard drills are required under the provisions of Chapter 159 § 363 of the Acts of 2000.
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527 CMR 14.01(4)
  • Revises scope of the regulation to exclude Class II and III liquids that are not heated above their flash points and:
    • Have no fire point when tested in accordance with ASTM D 92; or
    • Are in a water miscible solution or in a dispersion with water and have a non-combustible content of over 80% and do not sustain combustion.
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527 CMR 32
  • Entirely new regulation to further define the requirements for smoke detectors required by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148 § 26F.
  • Effective 1/1/2010
  • Requires duel detector technology either as combination units, or individually.
  • Prohibits ionization detectors within 20’ of kitchens or baths.
regulatory forecast
Regulatory Forecast
  • 527 CMR 2 – Task group to propose updates.
  • 527 CMR 4 – Subcommittee has proposed revisions.
  • 527 CMR 6 – Task group to propose updates.
  • 527 CMR 9 – Operator Training, Transfer of UST portion to DEP.
  • 527 CMR 11 – Adoption of NFPA 96
regulatory forecast continued
Regulatory Forecast continued
  • 527 CMR 15- In the regulatory process.
  • 527 CMR 22- In the regulatory process.
new revised updated forms
New/Revised/Updated Forms
  • Application for License (FP-2A)
  • License (FP-2)
  • Registration (FP-5)
  • Revised/Updated guidance documents related to licenses and permits.
additional information and assistance
Additional Information and Assistance
  • Code Compliance Desk
    • 978-567-3375
    • Western Mass. Office
      • 413-587-3181
  • DFS Web Site
    • www.mass.gov/dfs
  • Compliance Supervisor
    • 978-567-3711
    • David.Beaudin@state.ma.us
bbrs updates
BBRS Updates

VOLUME ONE:

Massachusetts Basic Building Code

Chapters 1 – 50

Effective 9/1/2008

Mandatory 3/1/2009

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BBRS Updates

VOLUME TWO:

Massachusetts Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

Chapters 51-100

Effective 4/1/2007

Mandatory 1/1/2008

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BBRS Updates

COMMON CHAPTERS

Chapter 110 – Special Regulations

Chapter 120 - Appendices

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BBRS Updates

USE GROUPS

CHAPTER 3

7 th edition 780 cmr chapter 3
7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 303.1(2) ASSEMBLY

A-2nc Use Group - Nightclubs (defined same as Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board memorandums)

A-2r Use Group - Assembly occupancy with food/beverage consumption (banquet halls, taverns, bars, restaurants)

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 303.1(3) ASSEMBLY

A-3 Use Group - Assembly uses intended for worship, recreation or amusement and other assembly uses not classified elsewhere in Group A

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 303.1(4) ASSEMBLY

A-4 Use Group - Indoor sporting activities with spectators

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 303.1(5) ASSEMBLY

A-5 Use Group - Outdoor sporting activities with spectators

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 310.1 RESIDENTIAL

  • R-1 Use Group – Transient (no change from 6th edition): hotels, motels, boarding houses
  • R-2 Use Group – Multi-family: apartments, condominiums, dormitories, townhouses
  • R-3 Use Group – Buildings with one/two dwelling units or otherwise not classified
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 3

SECTION 310.1 RESIDENTIAL

  • R-4 Use Group – Certain residential care facilities
  • No longer 5 use groups specified.
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BBRS Updates

MAXIMUM HEIGHT & AREA

CHAPTER 5

7 th edition 780 cmr chapter 5
7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 5

HEIGHT & AREA LIMITATIONS

  • Chapter 5 unmodified IBC 2003
  • Tabular limits increased significantly (note R-3)
  • Certain construction types changed (see Ch. 6)
  • Different calculation approach for area modifiers
  • Limitation on area/floor and aggregate area
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 5

AREA INCREASE: EXAMPLE

  • Type VA construction
  • R-2 Use
  • NFPA 13 fire sprinkler system
  • 100% open space (40 feet wide)
  • 4-story
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 5

AREA INCREASE: EXAMPLE

12,000 square feet (Table 503)

+ 24,000 square feet (Fire Sprinklers –

NFPA 13 only)

+ 9,000 square feet (Open Access)

45,000 square feet per floor

*Note Section 506.4(2) limits aggregate area

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BBRS Updates

FIRE WALLS

CHAPTER 7

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 7

FIRE WALL

705.3 Materials. Fire walls shall be of any approved noncombustible materials.

Exception: Buildings of Type V Construction

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BBRS Updates

FIRE & LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS

CHAPTER 9

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 9
  • Reference standards are updated to latest editions – see Chapter 35 (2007 NFPA 13, 2007 NFPA 14, 2007 NFPA 72)
  • Sprinkler requirement triggers by combination of 6th edition and IBC 2003
  • Standpipe requirement triggers by building size
  • Fire alarm submittal requirements
  • Section 915 for Carbon Monoxide Protection – referencing 527 CMR
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Sprinkler
  • 903.2.8 R-Use Groups
  • Sprinklers are required throughout buildings containing an R-Use Group.
  • R-Use Groups =>12,000 sq. ft. must use NFPA 13 (not NFPA 13R). Area limit is aggregate area and fire walls cannot be used to subdivide buildings for this calculation.
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Standpipe
  • 905.3.1 & 905.3.8 Standpipe Systems
  • Standpipes required when highest story is located > 30 feet above lowest FD vehicle access
  • Standpipes required when lowest floor level is located > 30 feet below highest FD vehicle access
  • Any portion of building >400 feet from FD vehicle access (fire walls don’t change distance calc)
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm

FIRE ALARM & DETECTION SYSTEMS SECTION 907

Arranged by occupancy (not by system type)

907.2.1 Assembly

907.2.2 Business

907.2.3 Educational….

907.2.11 Special Amusement Buildings

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm

SECTION 907.1.1.1 - Construction Documents

Construction documents required to accompany an application for a building permit shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

1. Narrative Report.

2. Dedicated plans that indicate the use of all rooms and document the location of all fire alarm equipment and devices in accordance with NFPA 72.

3. Fire alarm equipment and device symbol legend.

4. Primary power connection.

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm

SECTION 907.1.1.1 - Construction Documents

Construction documents required to accompany an application for a building permit shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

5. Details of ceiling height and construction.

6. The interface of fire safety control functions.

7. The location of any equipment or devices that directly interface with the FAS.

8. FAS riser diagram.

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm

SECTION 907.1.1.2 - Construction Documents Required Prior to the Installation of Fire Alarm Equipment or Device

  • 1. Manufacturers, model number and listing information for equipment, devices and materials.
  • Circuitry layout, conductor types and sizes.
  • Voltage drop calculations.
  • 4. Battery calculations.
  • 5. Any amendments to the documents provided under 780 CMR 907.1.1.1.
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm

SECTION 907.1.1.3 -

Construction documents required prior to acceptance testing of fire alarm equipment or devices shall include but limited to:

1. As-built plans.

2. Input/output matrix.

3. Any amendments to the documents provided under 780 CMR 907.1.1.1 and 907.1.1.2.

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm
  • 907.2.2 B-Use Group
  • A manual fire alarm system shall be installed in Group B occupancies having an occupant load of 500 or more persons or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit discharge.
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7th Edition 780 CMR – Fire Alarm
  • 907.2.3 E-Use Group
  • Requires emergency voice/alarm capabilities for all E-Use Groups
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BBRS Updates

REPAIRS, ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS & CHANGE IN USE

CHAPTER 34

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 34

HAZARD CHANGES (Sprinklered Buildings)

3400.7 Change in Commodity or Storage Arrangement. Existing buildings, or portions thereof, in which there is a change in occupancy classification, commodity classification, or storage arrangement, as defined by NFPA 13, requires evaluation of the existing sprinkler system for compliance with NFPA 13 and NFPA 25. In enforcing the provisions of 780 CMR:3400.7 the building official may require or accept engineering or other evaluations of the fire protection systems in order to identify possible noncompliant conditions and acceptable solutions. If the evaluation determines that alterations are necessary, the building official shall order the abatement of such conditions.

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 34

3400.3(6), (7) & (8) Applicability:

A-Use Group, I-Use Group & R-Use Group

“A change from any other use group to [these use groups] shall comply with the requirements for new construction,…”

6th Edition: “A change from any other use group to [these use groups] or any alteration or change in occupancy within [these use groups] shall comply with the requirements for new construction,…”

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 34

3401.1 SUBSTANTIAL RENOVATION/ALTERATION

Work is major in scope and expenditure when compared to the work and expenditure required for the installation of a fire protection system, when such system is required by 780 CMR:9.00 for a particular use group.

Work is not substantial if:

$FP System / $Total Renovation > 0.15

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 34

SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATION

EXAMPLE #1

Cost of Alterations (without FP) = $450,000.00

Cost of FP Installation = $50,000.00

Total Costs = $500,000.00

Cost of FP / Total Costs > 0.15?

Substantial Renovation ($50/$500 = 0.1)

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7th Edition 780 CMR – Chapter 34

SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATION

EXAMPLE #2

Cost of Alterations (without FP) = $150,000.00

Cost of FP Installation = $50,000.00

Total Costs = $200,000.00

Cost of FP / Total Costs > 0.15?

Not Substantial Renovation ($50/$200 = 0.25)

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BBRS Updates

THINGS TO KNOW

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BBRS Updates

ERRATA & AMENDMENTS (EXAMPLES)

www.mass.gov/bbrs Building Code/BBRS  Building Code

Section 506.2 – Area increase, open perimeter

Section 901.7.2.1 – Bulk merchandising

Section 907.2.1.1 – A-2nc alarm activation

Section 915.0 – CO alarm requirements

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BBRS Updates
  • 8th EDITION
  • BBRS has voted to move forward IBC-2009
  • Original proposal was to adopt with no amendments
contact info
CONTACT INFO

Department of Fire Services

Office of the State Fire Marshal

PO Box 1025

State Road

Stow, MA 01775

www.mass.gov/dfs

Jake (Along/South of the Pike): Jacob.Nunnemacher@State.MA.US

978-567-3377

Dana (North of the Pike): Dana.Haagensen@State.MA.US

978-567-3376

Code Compliance Desk: 978-567-3375