No person, firm or corporation shall install or operate wood stove or fireplace within the fire limits of the City of Minneapolis as defined in section 6-201 without complying with the terms of this article.

This article including the NEPA Standard Code incorporated by reference herein, shall constitute the minimum standards for all fireplaces and chimneys here after placed or installed in or upon any building within the fire limits of the City of Minneapolis as defined in section 6-201. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to install or permit to remain installed any such fireplace or chimney which violates any provision of this article or fails to comply with any standard set by this article for such installation.

That certain standard code known as the “1984 Edition of NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances” published by the National Fire Protection Association, is hereby Incorporated by reference and made a part of this article, save and except such portions as are hereinafter in this article deleted or amended.

There shall be not less than three (3) copies of the standard code adopted by reference in section 4-703 of this article kept on file in the office of the city clerk and kept available for inspection by the public at all reasonable hours of business. The filed copies of the standard code shall be marked or stamped “Official Copy as Incorporated by the Code of the City of Minneapolis.” All sections or portions of the filed copies of the standard code shall be clearly marked to show deletions from the standard code.

(K.S.A. 12-3015)

There shall be a permit fee of Five Dollars ($5.00), which shall include the cost of inspections.

Before a permit is issued, the following information is required to be submitted by the applicant:

(a)   Manufacturers data and specifications relating to the stove. If the manufacturers data is not available, approval shall be obtained from the fire chief or his agent.

(b)   Proposed material to be used under the stove, description of flues, and the description of all materials, including walls and ceilings, within four feet of the location of the stove.

(c)   All clearances from the stove and flues to any part of the structure within four feet of the location.

(d)   A statement, signed by the owner, saying that the owner understands that the flues must be inspected regularly and cleaned not less than once each year.

The owner or some person acting on his behalf shall examine each chimney and flue at least once each six weeks during the heating season and once before the start of each heating season. Flues and chimneys shall be cleaned at least once each year.

Before using a wood stove or fireplace, an inspection shall be made by the fire chief or his agent to determine whether or not the requirements set forth in section 4-606 have been met.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article, or doing any of the acts or things prohibited by this article, or failing or refusing to perform any duty imposed by this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or be imprisoned not to exceed thirty (30) days, or be both so fined and imprisoned. Each day during or on which the violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.