The Safety Codes Act allows for the issuance of variances. Variances are also referred to as "alternative solutions" in some codes. A variance or "alternative solution" may only be issued by a safety codes officer, a technical administrator, or the Safety Codes Council.
Variances are requested by the owner to the safety codes officer.
Variances are intended to allow for innovative design and new construction technology or methodology.
Variances issued under the Act may be used as a means to authorize installations, processes, equipment, or actions that are not consistent with the strict provisions of existing rules, but which provides an equal or greater level of safety to persons and property than that prescribed pursuant to the Act.