Fire Code Provisions for Developers & Builders
Fire Apparatus Access: Fire apparatus access roads and adequate emergency access shall be provided for every building/facility. Plans for fire apparatus access roads shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal for review and approval prior to construction. Fire apparatus access roads shall be in place and approved by the Fire Marshal prior to vertical construction.
- Dimensions and Surface: Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 24 feet (26 feet wide for buildings 30 feet or more in height), an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 14 feet, a minimum inside turning radius of 30 feet at 90° turns, and connect to a public roadway. Fire apparatus access roads shall be designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus (over 80,000lbs) and shall be constructed of concrete or asphalt paving to provide all-weather driving capabilities. Fire apparatus access roads shall be kept unobstructed and free of debris at all times.
Required Water Supply for Fire Protection: An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to all premises upon which facilities are constructed. On-site fire hydrants and mains capable of supplying the required fire flow shall be provided as required by the Fire Marshal. Plans and specifications for fire protection water systems shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal for review and approval prior to installation. The water supply for fire protection shall be in place and approved by the Fire Marshal prior to vertical construction.
Timing of Installation: When fire apparatus access roads and/or a water supply for fire protection is required to be installed for any structure or development, they shall be installed, tested, and approved prior to the time of which construction has progressed beyond completion of the foundation of any structure. (IFC 501.4)
- Foundation work may be done simultaneously with construction of fire apparatus access roads and installation of water supply for fire protection.
Fire Safety During Construction: The street address of the construction site shall be posted and visible from the street addressed. Combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall be removed from buildings as often as practical. Combustible debris, waste material and trash shall not be burned on the site. Brush and trees from land clearing operations shall be hauled away, chipped or trench burned (TCEQ permit required).
- The Fire Department will not perform inspections if the premises are not maintained in a safe condition for inspector and vehicle access. Examples of unsafe conditions that will prevent inspections from being conducted include: blocked doors or stairways, non-OSHA approved ladders for access to upper floors, open landings or balconies without proper guard railing in place, debris/sharp objects in driveways/parking areas, inadequate access, etc.
Applicants should contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-775-7662 with any questions, to submit plans, or request inspections. Please provide a minimum 24-hour notice for inspection requests.
A PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETING IS RECOMMENDED!!