The Fire Code is a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 consisting of a set of minimum requirements respecting fire safety within and around existing buildings and facilities. The owner is responsible for complying with the Fire Code, except where otherwise specified. The municipal fire department enforces the Fire Code.
The Fire Code is broken into 3 Divisions.
Division A - This division explains the organization of the code, compliance with code requirements, exemptions, terms and abbreviations and referenced documents. Compliance with code requirements is generally the responsibility of the owner and compliance does not relieve the owner from compliance with other applicable legislation and regulations. Terms and Abbreviations are listed in section 1.4 of Division A. It is important to understand the definition before applying the code requirements. Division A also describes the objectives and functional statements in order to achieve solutions to fire code requirements.
Division B - This division explains the minimum acceptable solutions to achieve compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. Division B is broken into 9 parts as listed below:
Division C - This division explains the administrative provisions such as Chief Fire Official requirements and qualifications of persons performing work on Fire Alarm Systems.
As the Ontario Building Code is a sister document to the Ontario Fire Code the owner may be required to obtain a building permit to complete the work necessary to be in compliance with the inspection requirements. Simply contacting the Building Department will help the process along. In addition to Building Code requirements you may need to ensure compliance with the zoning bylaw. Again, simply contacting the Zoning Department will help the process along.
The Office of the Fire Marshal publishes Technical Guidelines the provide further definition to the Ontario Fire Code requirements. The Technical Guidelines cover a variety of fire related topics and occupancies.
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