worahm
The county I live in insist a standby generator MUST be a minamum of 5 feet away from any construction, period.  When I point out the generator I would like to install  is approved for 18" from non-combustable construction, they give me no recourse to appeal the rule.   They would not even consider 24" space between the generator and a stone wall. 

I would be interested if anyone has been successful perswading their building inspector to reconsider a 5 foot rule?  
Bill
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murphy
Are there any openings in the wall?  A generator must be 5 feet from any openings in a wall.
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Cobranut
Geez, how do some of these inspectors get qualified for the job???  SMH
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Birken Vogt
Ask them to cite the code please, nicely.
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Geoff Z
Local authority having jurisdiction will always unfortunately take precedence over NFPA or manufacturer instructions. It won’t necessarily be code it can be local ordinance. The 18” rule is a 3rd party testing laboratory that has deemed the enclosure is capable of containing a fire within. That is not a UL listing and the local authority does not have to accept that. Codes are minimum regulations to provide safe installations. The local authority can and will sometimes go beyond that. We make it our business to understand each municipalities rules. Either we quote it properly as per their guidelines and make a little money. Or we will be forced to make it right at our expense. 
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Birken Vogt
It can be local ordinance but it still needs to be in writing somewhere.  Inspectors are not allowed to make stuff up as they go.
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Geoff Z
Agreed
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Charles G
worahm wrote:
The county I live in insist a standby generator MUST be a minamum of 5 feet away from any construction, period.  When I point out the generator I would like to install  is approved for 18" from non-combustable construction, they give me no recourse to appeal the rule.   They would not even consider 24" space between the generator and a stone wall. 

I would be interested if anyone has been successful perswading their building inspector to reconsider a 5 foot rule?  
Bill
you use  the word Country?  may i ask which one you mean? many of us are in the USA where codes might be way different than where you are
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patmurphey
He just has a typo in the title, his post says county...
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worahm
I appoliigise for the type O.  I meant to type County, not Country.

There are no openings ini my cement block, stucco home within 6 foot of the intended generator location.   There is a 6 " high x 8 " long PCV fence that that extends freom the corner of the house and is part of an enclosure for the AC condensor and water softener equipment.  The purposed location for the generator was 28" from the PCV Fence.
At first, the building inspector rejected the location because he considered the PCV fence as a flameble structure.  When I suggested installing a 6" thick stone wall in front of the PCV fence, he said the generator SHALL be at least 5 feet from ANY structure.

Since I talked to the building inspector, there have been three standby generators installed in my community.  They are all situated 5 feet from the cement block/stucco  house. 
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murphy
It's not 5 feet from a structure, it's 5 feet from any opening in the structure.  A window that can be opened is an opening even if it is closed. 
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worahm
The closest opening to the generator is an overhead golf cart door located on the North wall of a cement block house that is covered with stocco.     The opening  garage door opening is well over 8 feet away from the closest corner of the generator.  The only opening on the back wall is a window which more then 20 feet away.   There is a PCV fence from the corner of of the house  that the building inspector considers flameble.   I offered to build a stone block wall  in front of the PCV fence and 24" away from the generator, but he rejected that suggestion.   He seems fixated on the 5 foot rule.  

Like I mentioned in a previous post, three standby generators have recently been installed in my community and they are all located 5 feet from the cement/stucco house that have no openings within 5 feet of the generator on the wall.

I will try to take photos of the new installations.    
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murphy
Maybe those generators were installed without a permit. 
My first generator was installed by a company without a permit.  Two years later they went out of business.
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worahm
Not likely that they were installed without a permit.  All three installations had 500 gal. underground propane tanks installed at the same time the generators were installed.  There is no way they could have avoided getting a permit.  Will try to contact the home owners and see what information they can offer.   If one of the homeowners will give me the name of the contractor, I will contact them and see what they have to say. 
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