Fire Department Access During Construction



Approved vehicle access for firefighting shall be provided to all construction or demolition sites. Vehicle access shall be provided to within 100 feet of temporary or permanent fire department connections. Vehicle access shall be provided by either temporary or permanent roads, capable of supporting vehicle access shall be provided by either temporary or permanent roads, capable of supporting vehicle loading under all weather conditions. Temporary access roads shall be an all weather surface comprised of either the first lift of asphalt or concrete/compacted gravel to a thickness capable of supporting the imposed loads of fire department apparatus. A 20 foot minimum width shall be maintained. Adequate street signs and fire lane signs shall be installed where applicable. Temporary access roads must be maintained in accordance with this section. Vehicle access shall be maintained until permanent fire apparatus access roads are available.
1. Any damage made to the temporary access roadway shall be repaired within 5 working days weather permitting and shall be completed prior to finishing of the roadway to its final/permanent state.
2. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including parking of any vehicles.
3. Temporary roads serving as fire lanes shall not be in place more than 6 months without special approval from the fire department.

​Examples of actions that could be taken by site development managers and/or building construction superintendents to mitigate inadequate emergency services access include, but are not limited to:

- Blading of access drives
- Filling of ruts, holes, etc. with appropriate materials
- Removal of snow, ice, etc.
- Relocation of or providing designated storage areas for construction equipment, materials, etc.
- Closure of construction site until conditions improve. Failure to mitigate inadequate emergency service access may result in a summons issuance. Continued failures may result in termination of all construction site activities, with the exception of those activities needed for mitigation, until mitigation is completed.