Fire Prevention - WUI Designation
The Nevada State Fire Marshal is required by NRS 477.030 to adopt regulations and enforce laws relating to the prevention of fire in any county whose population is less than 100,000. On February 27, 2020 the State Fire Marshal adopted the 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code and it became effective in Lyon County, Nevada, and in Central Lyon County Fire Protection District.
The 2018 WUI Code is founded on principals intended to mitigate the hazard from fires through the development of provisions that adequately protect public health, safety, and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase constructions cost; provisions that do not restrict the u se of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction. The Code Development Committee included members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Central Lyon Fire Protection District has an Interlocal Agreement with the Nevada State Fire Marshal that delegates certain fire and life safety functions, including Building Plan Review Code enforcement to the District.
Pursuant to Section 302.1 fo the 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code and in accordance with Appendix E of said Code, the Central Lyon County Fire Protection District has declared on the attached map the wildland-urban interface areas of the District.
International Wildland Urban Interface Code adoption at Central Lyon Fire District
Residential building permits submitted after July 1,2021 are required to have fire and life safety code plan reviews. This will require filling out a Plan Review Application for each structure and payment of fees per the schedule of fees that is used for all construction projects in the Central Lyon County Fire District. Code compliance will be verified during the plan review to include International Wildland Urban Interface Code (IWUIC). The adoption and implementation of IWUIC and residential plan review will not be retroactive prior to July 1, 2021.
In 2009, the International Code Council first introduced the International Wildland Urban Interface Code. Since then, its adoption has been moving into jurisdictions based upon risk factors of wildland fire into urban and suburban areas.
The Central Lyon County Fire Board approval and agreement to provide the application of IWUIC was voted on during the November 14,2019 board meeting. To include Community Risk Reduction and with limitations on the full adoption of the code based on capacity to perform the mandates.
The 2018 IWUIC was adopted by the Nevada State Fire Marshal including appendices A and B, on February 27, 2020. Per the interlocal agreement between Central Lyon Fire District and the State of Nevada to deliver fire prevention services to the District an implementation and fact finding period commenced upon this adoption.
During the fact-finding phase of the adoption, the process evolved to include Residential Plan Review as a way of applying and enforcing the IWUIC. During the May 20,2021 Fire Board meeting, approval to expand Residential Plan Review into the fire prevention program was approved. With an official start date of July 1, 2021.