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FIRE CODE MATRIX
Ph: 515-725-6145
Fax: 515-725-6140
Email: bcinfo@dps.state.ia.us

TYPE OF OCCUPANY

 

MAJOR ALTERATIONS
Construction of New Buildings, Additions to Buildings & Major Renovations

MINOR ALTERATIONS
Of Existing Buildings to include
Minor Renovations & Remodeling

ASSEMBLY
IBC 303
(lecture halls, waiting rooms, gymnasiums)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661-201.405.2 (fire drills), 807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies),906.1 (fire extinguishers),
201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)

BUSINESS
IBC 304
(college classrooms and offices, laboratories-research, state buildings)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661-201.405.2 (fire drills), 609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods),  807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies),906.1 (fire extinguishers),
201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)

EDUCATIONAL
IBC 305
(K-12 schools, preschools, daycares meeting definition of IBC 305.2 or 308.5.2)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661-201.405.2 (fire drills), 609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods),  807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies),906.1 (fire extinguishers), 907.2.3  fire alarm,1003.8 location for preschool through second grade 201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)
IAC 661-201.4603.6.1(Fire alarm)

FACTORY
IBC 306
College Welding shops and other fabrication or manufacturing facilities

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8
 (sections 804 and 805), IFC 2009 and Applicable NFPA standards as referenced in building or fire codes.

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
 
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)

HIGH HAZARD
IBC 307

Only occupancies that clearly exceed allowable hazardous materials as listed in IBC Table 307.1(1)  A code analysis is required to establish correct use classification for H occupancies

Only occupancies that clearly exceed allowable hazardous materials as listed in IBC Table 307.1(1)  A code analysis is required to establish correct use classification for H occupancies

INSTITUTIONAL
IBC 308
(nursing homes, hospitals, ambulatory care, provider based clinics)

Life Safety Code 2000, Chapter 18, 20 or 38

 

Life Safety Code 2000, Chapters 19, 21 or 39

MERCANTILE
IBC 309
(Retail & wholesale stores, sales rooms, gift stores and motor vehicle fuel
dispensing facilities)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8
 (sections 804 and 805)
 IFC 2009
IAC 661- IAC 661-201.  609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods), 807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies), 906.1 (fire extinguishers), 201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)

RESIDENTIAL and INSTITUTIONAL (Assisted Living , RCFs, Adult day cares, jails, prisons)
IBC 308 and 310
Assisted livings, Adult day care, RCFs, Jails, Apartments, College Dorms, Hotels, Residential Condos (Does not include one & two family dwellings)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8
 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661-2 IAC 661-201.405.2 (fire drills).  609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods), 807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies), 906.1 (fire extinguishers), 201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)
Only IAC 661-202.2 (Foster homes), 202.3 (Bed and Breakfast), 202.5(small group homes)

STORAGE
IBC 311
(Low Hazard (S2) for non-combustible storage & parking garages
 Moderate Hazard (S1) for combustibles & motor vehicle repair shops) 

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8
 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661- IAC 661-201.  609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods), 807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies), 906.1 (fire extinguishers), 201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009, Chapter 46
(See IFC 102.1 for additional scoping provisions for existing buildings)

 

UTILITY
IBC 312
(Ag buildings, greenhouses, livestock shelters, sheds & stables, tanks & towers)

IBC 2009, Chapters 2 through 8
 (sections 804 and 805)
IFC 2009
IAC 661-201.  609.1 (commercial kitchen hoods), 807.4.3.1(storage in corridors and lobbies), 201.4 (additions to existing buildings)

IFC 2009
(See IFC 102.1 for scoping provisions for existing utility buildings)

The Iowa State Building Code Bureau is within the State Fire Marshal Division. The mission of this bureau is to ensure the construction of safe and accessible buildings. You may contact the Building Code Bureau by phone at (515) 725-6145, electronic mail at bcinfo@dps.state.ia.us, or regular mail to Building Code Bureau, State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Department of Public Safety, 215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319.

The Iowa State Building Code applies to the following:

  • State Owned Buildings
  • State Financed Buildings in jurisdictions without an adopted and enforced building code
  • Board of Regents facilities
  • Modular and Manufactured homes and commercial buildings
  • School owned structures in jurisdictions without an adopted and enforced building code

If listed above the following codes apply:

  • 2009 International Building Code
  • 2009 International Residential
  • 2009 International Existing Building Code

The following codes are applicable statewide and adopted by the following agencies:

  • 2009 International Fire Code – Iowa State Fire Marshal
  • 2011 National Electric Code - Iowa Electrical Examining Board
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code – Iowa Dept of Public Health
  • 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code & Iowa Administrative Code 641-25 – Iowa Dept of Public Health
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code -  Iowa Building Code Bureau
  • 2010 ADA Standards – US Department of Justice & Iowa Building Code Bureau

The web site of the Iowa Association of Building Officials contains additional information regarding building codes and code enforcement in Iowa.

You can also gain free access to all National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards by visiting the NFPA web site.

 

 

 
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