CPIV Rule for Annual Fireplace and Chimney Inspections
All CPIV units with fireplaces and chimneys shall be inspected each year by September 1st, by a licensed and insured fireplace/chimney inspector.
The minimum level of inspection shall be a “Level 1” inspection as defined by the National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 (NFPA).
If the inspection reveals that both the fireplace and chimney are in good condition and safe for use, the unit owner shall forward a copy of the clean inspection report to Management, and nothing further needs to be done.
If the inspection reveals that the fireplace and/or chimney needs to be cleaned or that repairs need to be made, the unit owner shall have the fireplace and/or chimney cleaned and/or repaired within two (2) weeks of receiving the inspection report. The unit owner shall then provide Management with a copy of the inspection report and invoice, verifying that the cleaning and/or repairs have been completed, and that the fireplace and chimney are safe for use.
If after inspection a unit owner decides for any reason that he or she no longer wants to have a fireplace and chimney within their unit, the unit owner must confirm in writing by September 1st to the Site Manager that the fireplace and/or chimney has been permanently sealed-off and closed to prevent any safety hazard to the unit. The Site Manager will then inspect the unit and submit his report along with the unit owner’s written confirmation to Management.
If a unit owner is unable to comply with this inspection requirement by the annual deadline, a written explanation for the failure to comply shall be submitted to Management within thirty (30) days. This will permit the unit owner and Association to agree to another arrangement.
If a unit owner fails: (1) to respond to this inspection requirement, or (2) to provide a written explanation for their failure to comply, or (3) to make the necessary repair(s), the Board of Directors will hold a hearing for each such matter and issue a decision within its discretion to the unit owner.
This Rule is effective September 1, 2009.
Passed by CPIV Board of Directors on March 24, 2009.
A “Level 1” inspection requires an examination of the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. The inspection shall include a review of the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The inspection shall include an examination of the chimney to verify that it is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. NFPA (Fire) 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, Level I Chimney Inspection (2006).