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File #: 56834    Version: Name: Sprinklers
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/29/2019 In control: Attorney's Office/Approval Group
On agenda: 9/3/2019 Final action: 9/3/2019
Enactment date: 9/17/2019 Enactment #: ORD-19-00064
Title: SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 29.22 of the Madison General Ordinances to include exits from basements and ground floors used for sleeping.
Sponsors: Paul E. Skidmore, Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. Version 1
Fiscal Note
No City appropriation required.
Title
SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 29.22 of the Madison General Ordinances to include exits from basements and ground floors used for sleeping.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: Section 29.22 is created to incentivize the installation of home fire sprinklers and allow builders and homeowners greater flexibility in the design and construction of one- and two-family dwellings. The Uniform Dwelling Code (“UDC”) currently requires basements and ground floors used for sleeping must be provided with at least two exits. Builders and homeowners may choose to install fire sprinklers throughout their home in lieu of a second exit from sleeping areas in basements.
Home fire sprinklers are proven to save lives, property and the environment. The current UDC requirements recognize home fire sprinklers as an alternative to a second exit from habitable floor levels above the second floor. The proposal is not more or less restrictive than the UDC. It offers the builder and homeowner an alternative to a second exit. The option allows greater flexibility in the code to address site conditions that are unfavorable for a second exit of egress window.
This Substitute corrects text in the “Basement” definition to conform to the UDC definition.

Note: This amendment will become effective upon approval by DSPS.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

Section 29.22 entitled “Exits From Basements and Ground Floors Used for Sleeping” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

“29.22 EXITS FROM BASEMENTS AND GROUND FLOORS USED FOR SLEEPING.
(1) In this section:
“Basement” meanss to that portion of a dwelling below the first floor or ground floor with its entire floor below grade.
“Fire sprinklers” means an automatic fire suppression or control device that operates automatically when its heat-activated element i...

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