In October of 2011 the fire code used by the City of Birmingham was updated from the Building Officials & Code Administrators (BOCA) 1993 edition to the International Fire Code (IFC) 2015 edition. The change also included revisions to the City Code Chapters 22, 23 (pertaining to the State Construction Code) and 54 (pertaining to fire code provisions).

The IFC is one of a series of codes, including the building code, that were established back in the year 2000 when the top three model code organizations (BOCA, ICBO, and SBCI) in the country merged together creating the International Code Council (ICC). The IFC is now used as the standard throughout Michigan and many areas of the country and is designed to work together with the International Building Code (IBC) which is the building code adopted as the State Construction Code. It is a much more comprehensive code than BOCA was on its own. It addresses more issues, along with more detail than BOCA ever did. The revised adoption language also automatically adopts the edition of the IFC consistent with the latest edition of the IBC adopted as the State Construction Code.

Past frequently asked questions that are now addressed in the IFC include:

  • Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable outdoor fireplaces (section 307)
  • Key Boxes (section 506)
  • Portable Outdoor Gas-Fired Heating Appliances (Fuel Fired Appliances – section 603)

For information on these and other areas of the fire code please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at the Adams Fire Station (248.530.1900) located at 572 S. Adams. The IFC is also available for review at the Adams Fire Station and the Community Development Department at City Hall, 151 Martin.