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W.S. 35-9-108

Plan review; procedure; fees.

(a)  Prior to beginning any new construction, the remodeling of existing buildings except as provided under subsection (q) of this section, or the installation of aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks, the owner or the owner's designated representative shall submit plans to the state fire marshal  for review of the proposed project for compliance with applicable fire and electrical safety standards for:

(i)  Buildings or structures owned or leased by the state or local governmental entities;

(ii)  Public buildings over five thousand (5,000) square feet of total floor area including basement;

(iii)  Multistory public buildings;

(iv)  Buildings intended for use as child care centers housing more than ten (10) children;

(v)  Public bars, public lounges, restaurants, night clubs, lodge halls, theaters, churches or public meeting places regardless of size;

(vi)  Public and private aboveground fuel dispensing facilities.

(b)  If the state fire marshal does not notify the sender in writing of violations of the fire or electrical safety standards within twenty-one (21) working days of receiving the plans, they are approved as submitted.  If code deficiencies are discovered through inspection by the fire marshal during the construction or remodeling of buildings, the plan and plan review shall be amended to bring the building into compliance with applicable codes.

(c)  Plans which are disapproved may be corrected and resubmitted.  The state fire marshal shall review only the corrections made in response to the violations cited in the initial review.  If the state fire marshal does not notify the sender in writing of violations of the fire and electrical safety standards within ten (10) working days of receiving the corrected plans, they are approved as resubmitted.

(d)  The department shall collect fees for plan reviews and other inspections except as provided in subsections (q) and (r) of this section, in the amount provided in the 1997 Uniform Building Code and adjusted for inflation as adopted by rule or regulation by the department.  Fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited into the general fund.

(e)  For publicly owned buildings, the department may charge fees not in excess of fees authorized under W.S. 35‑9‑108(d) to any entity for which it performs any plan inspection or review.

(f)  Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 49, § 3.

(g)  Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 49, § 3.

(h)  Nothing in this section shall apply to municipalities or counties which have received enforcement authority for fire safety standards under W.S. 35‑9‑121.

(j)  No new construction or remodeling of buildings or installation of aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks shall begin until the state fire marshal has approved the plans for compliance with applicable fire and electrical safety standards.

(k)  If new construction or remodeling of buildings or installation of aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks is commenced without approved plans, the state fire marshal may order the construction, remodeling or installation to cease until plans are approved, subject to the requirements of subsection (m) of this section.

(m)  Orders issued by the state fire marshal pursuant to this section shall be served upon the owner in the manner provided for service of process by the Wyoming Rules of Civil Procedure.  The order shall require that the person served immediately cease certain activities until he has complied with the applicable statutory requirements.  The order shall be in full force and effect from the time of service until the person complies with the statutory requirement as described in the order, or the order is revoked by the council.  If the person fails to cease certain activities as required within forty-eight (48) hours of service, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(n)  After new construction or remodeling of buildings is completed, the state fire marshal shall inspect the building and determine conformance with the plan review or amended plan review.  If he finds conformance, the state fire marshal shall issue a certificate of occupancy for a newly constructed building and a letter of compliance for a remodeled building.  No newly constructed or remodeled building shall be used or occupied until the state fire marshal has issued a certificate of occupancy or letter of compliance.  If a newly constructed or remodeled building is used or occupied prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or letter of compliance, the state fire marshal shall order the use and occupancy of the building to cease until a certificate of occupancy or letter of compliance is issued, subject to the requirements of subsection (m) of this section.

(o)  After the installation of aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks is completed, the state fire marshal shall inspect the premises and determine conformance with the plan review.  If he finds conformance, the state fire marshal shall issue a letter of compliance.  No premises with aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks installed shall be used until the state fire marshal has issued a letter of compliance.  If a premise with aboveground flammable or combustible fuel storage tanks installed is used prior to issuance of a letter of compliance, the state fire marshal shall order the use of the premises to cease until a letter of compliance is issued, subject to the requirements of subsection (m) of this section.

(p)  Any owner aggrieved by an order of the state fire marshal may appeal to the council within forty-eight (48) hours. The complaint shall be investigated immediately by direction of the council.  Unless the order is revoked by the council, it shall remain in force and the owner shall comply.

(q)  A plan review is:

(i)  Not required for remodeling that is exempt from permitting under the International Code;

(ii)  Required for remodeling that costs less than forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) and affects a built-in fire protection system for the building, provided a fee of no more than fifty dollars ($50.00) per hour shall be paid to the department for the review;

(iii)  Required for remodeling that costs forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) or more, provided the department shall collect a fee pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(r)  There shall be no inspection fees for school buildings.

(s)  Plan reviews may be submitted in phases so that work may begin on the first phase of a project upon approval of the plans for that phase.  Subsequent work may begin on each successive phase as plans are approved for each successive phase.  Plans for fire alarm systems and fire sprinkler systems shall be submitted as successive phase plans after the initial plans are approved.

(t)  Subsections (a) through (s) shall not apply to remodeling that is exempt under subsection (q).