Construction Requirements Outside City Limits

Construction Requirements Outside City Limits

ANY new construction in the Dixon Fire Protection District shall meet the requirements of the current California Building and Fire Codes.

Required roadways, fire access lanes, street signs, and addresses shall be installed prior to combustible construction, or on-site storage of combustible materials.  CFC Chapter 33.

Required roadways shall be capable of supporting 75,000 pounds gross vehicle weight in all weather conditions.   All weather is defined as at least one layer of asphalt, concrete or other approved driving surface.  Other approved driving surfaces must have a technical report completed by a California Certified Civil Engineer showing that the surface is capable of supporting 75,000 pounds in all weather conditions.  This report must bear the stamp of the registered design professional.  CFC 503.2.3 & CFC Appendix D.

Fire department access roads and driveways are to be twenty feet wide, have a clear height of thirteen feet-six inches.  Turnarounds and turnabouts may be required.  Dead end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.   See CFC section 503.2.5 and Appendix D.

A separate construction permit is required for installation of or modification to a gate or barricade across a fire apparatus access road.  CFC 105.7.12.

All electrically or mechanically operated gates shall have a KNOX keyway installed. Gates shall be installed at least thirty feet back from the roadway.  CFC 503.4, CFC 503.5, CFC 503.6 & D103.5.

Where a bridge or an elevated surface is part of a fire apparatus access road, the bridge shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with AASHTO HB-17.  Bridges and elevated surfaces shall be designed for a live load sufficient to carry 75,000 lbs.  Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both entrances to bridges.  CFC 503.2.6.

Commercial buildings exceeding three stories, or 30 feet, or 62,000 square feet shall have not fewer than two means of fire apparatus access for each structure.  Where two fire apparatus access roads are required, they shall be placed a distance apart equal to not less than one half of the length of the maximum overall diagonal dimension of the lot or area to be served, measured in a straight line between accesses. CFC Section D104.

Where the vertical distance between the grade plan and the highest roof surface exceeds 30 feet the minimum unobstructed road width is 26 feet.  One or more of the required access routes meeting this condition shall be located not less than 15 feet and not greater than 30 feet from the building.   The side of the building on which the aerial fire apparatus access road is positioned shall be approved by the fire code official.  CFC Section D105.

Commercial developments are required to provide fire flow from a public water system that meet the fire flow requirements of the California Fire Code.  For development in rural areas, an alternate means for water supply in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1142 may be submitted for review and approval.  CFC Appendix B

Commercial projects buildings 3,000 feet or greater shall be equipped with a fire sprinkler system and fire alarm system.  Fire sprinkler systems for new buildings, buildings undergoing a change of occupancy or use, and speculation buildings or spaces, shall be designed and installed in accordance with the CFC, NFPA 13 and the Dixon Fire Department fire sprinkler standards.  CFC Chapter 9.

Commercial projects that contain a fire sprinkler system shall provide a designated and approved fire control room.  Fire control rooms shall provide exterior access and be located within the building at an approved location.  Fire control rooms shall contain the fire sprinkler system riser(s) and fire control panel. CFC Chapter 9 Section 903 and Chapter 80.

A fire department connection (FDC) shall be located on the project site at least 40 feet from the building it serves.  Fire hydrants and FDC’s shall be located on the same side of the fire access route so that hoses do not obstruct incoming apparatus.  FDC’s shall serve only one building.  FDC’s, PIV’s and double-detector check valves (DDCV) shall be painted red and labeled with the building address utilizing a weatherproof, permanent method.  CFC Chapter 9 and Chapter 80.

Landscaping shall provide a minimum of 3 feet clearance (when fully grown) around fire protection equipment.   

Speculation buildings or spaces shall not be approved for occupancy.  Tenant improvement plans or occupancy plans are required prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.


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