2013 Wisconsin Act 270 establishes a uniform commercial building code in Wisconsin, while allowing municipalities to grandfather fire detection, prevention, and suppression ordinances that relate to the construction, alteration, or addition to a public building or building that is a place of employment.

Grandfathered Ordinances for Chippewa Falls

5.12 - FIRE INSPECTIONS, FIRE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.

(1) PURPOSE. The purpose of fire inspections is to prevent fire loss by reducing or eliminating potential fire hazards within the community. This is accomplished through fire code enforcement and education. Physical on-site inspections are to be conducted of city commercial, industrial, educational, and governmental facilities, along with multifamily residential occupancies of 3 or greater.

(2) CODES ADOPTED FOR USE, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. The City of Chippewa Falls adopts and by reference makes a part of this chapter the following fire prevention codes for use, operation and maintenance:

 

NFPA 1 National Fire Protection Association - National Fire Prevention Code (Adopted by Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Comm 14 Wisconsin Fire Prevention Code (Adopts NFPA 1 with Wisconsin-isms)
Comm 10 Wisconsin Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
Comm 40 Wisconsin Gas Systems Code (Combines Comm 11 - Liquefied Petroleum Gases, Comm 12 - Liquefied Natural Gas, and Comm 13 - Compressed Natural Gas).

These equal NFPA 54 - National Fuel Gas Code and NFPA 58 - Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code.

(3) CODES ADOPTED FOR ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION BUILT AFTER JULY 1, 2002The City of Chippewa Falls also adopts and by reference makes a part of this chapter the following fire prevention codes for all new construction built after July 1, 2002:

Comm 61—65 Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (Adopts IBC -International Building Code/Enrolled Code with Wisconsin-isms).
IBC International Building Code

(4) FUTURE AMENDMENTS, REVISIONS, OR MODIFICATIONS. Any future amendments, revisions, or modifications of the codes adopted herein, are intended to be made part of this chapter.

(5) PUBLIC EDUCATION. Public education is an important tool and mission of the fire service. Programs are to be developed and conducted to increase the communities' awareness of fire safety, fire prevention, medical safety, and injury prevention. These programs also promote positive public relations for the department and for the City of Chippewa Falls. Main target age groups will be preschool through the 6th grade along with senior citizens.