All commercial /industrial developments shall provide appropriate facilities
for the disposal of garbage and trash. The requirements set forth within
these guidelines include only those provisions related to fire safety.
The requirements are as follows:
All dumpsters, and any associated screening which consists of combustible
fencing around the dumpster pad shall have a minimum separation
from the nearest building or building overhang of ten feet
(10'). Large commercial/ industrial dumpsters, such as twenty or forty
yard containers may require a larger separation. This minimum separation
may be reduced or waived if the dumpster is protected by one or more
fire sprinkler heads of a fire sprinkler system designed in accordance
with sound engineering practices. Compactors, because of their unique
designs and construction requirements shall be reviewed on an individual
basis by the authority having jurisdiction (A.H.J.).
It is emphasized that the requirements set forth herein are only those
related to fire safety.
Fire Protection Facility Improvements
The location and characteristics of the external support devices and
components of fire protection systems is an important site design consideration.
It is essential that these facilities be located so as to enable the fire
departments to standardize operational use of them as well as enabling
developers, engineers and contractors to understand the requirements for
properly installing the improvements.
Fire Line Backflow Preventers
All fire line backflow preventers shall be located at either the front
property line of the development parcel easily visible and not obscured
by landscaping or other improvements or, in the case of commercial shopping
centers and similar type developments, at or along the access way at the
rear of the building complex. Other locations will not be permitted unless
a specific exception in writing is issued by the authority having jurisdiction
Fire Department Connections
All fire department connections shall be located on the private property.
Exception is issued in writing by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
Such connection shall be a two and one half-inch (2 1/2") Siamese
connection verified by the AHJ.
Fire department connection (FDC) serving the fire sprinkler system shall
be a yard FDC provided that the FDC main is installed in accordance with
single and multiple riser systems as defined by NFPA 13 and 14. Freestanding
FDC piping shall be capable of supporting and/or resisting the weight
and lateral forces applied by connecting (2) three -inch (3") hose
lines when subjected to a minimum of 150 psi.
New FDC locations shall not be located on any double check valve assembly.
The FDC shall be a two and one half -inch (2 1/2") connection listed
for use as a fire department sprinkler connection. Two and one half -inch
(2 1/2") connection shall be in accordance with design specifications
as stated in NFPA 1963, Standard for Fire Hose Connections.
The FDC shall be arranged so that the connection is between thirty inches
(30") and thirty-six inches (36") above the finished grade at
the location of the connection.
A supporting fire hydrant shall be within 40 ft of the FDC and shall
be a minimum of 15 ft. from the protect building.
The FHA(s) and FDC location shall be coordinated with the Fire Prevention
For further clarification, see APPENDIX.
When both standpipe and sprinkler systems are provided, individual fire
department connections are required with each marked as to the system
they serve, i.e. the connection serving the fire sprinkler system shall
be noted "Sprinkler" and the connection serving a standpipe
shall be noted "Standpipe". Approval for locating one or both
of these Fire Department Connections in a location other than the private
property side of the fire line backflow preventer as provided above must
be obtained in writing from the authority having jurisdiction (A.H.J.).
Relationship of Fire Hydrant(s) to Fire Department
Whenever a proposed development will be required to install one or more
fire hydrants as a condition of approval and the proposed development
will be equipped with an internal fire protection system (fire sprinklers,
standpipes or both) a fire hydrant shall be located within forty feet
(40'), as measured along a normal access route, of the fire department
connection for such internal system. Fire hydrant shall be on the same
side of the street as the fire department connection.