May I use the petition process to get around the intent of the code?
No. Petitions are not a means of avoiding the code, but rather a way to permit an alternate method of meeting the intent of the code. As part of the petition, the designer or owner must propose ways of providing an equivalent degree of safety. These alternate conditions, if approved, will be incorporated into the final petition.
Can I justify a petition by saying I don't want to pay what it costs to comply with the code?
No, that is not a significant factor. You must show you can provide equivalence with the code provisions you are petitioning.
Are there standard accepted petitions I can follow?
No. Each petition is considered on its own basis because each circumstance is in some way unique.
Do I need a notary's signature on the petition application?
SPS 303.03(2)(a), such a signature is needed.
Must I complete the fire department position statement on the application?
In cases related to fire protection or prevention issues, yes. Overall, it is best to check with local fire department officials.
Must I complete the Municipal Building Inspection recommendation section on the application?
A position statement from the local building official is needed if they did the plan review or have related outstanding orders.
What is the petition fee?
SPS 302.52, Fee Code.