Specification & Illustration

Fire Lane Striping Regulations

According to Chapter 38, Article II.-Standards in Municode:

503.3 Marking. Where required by the fire code official, approved signs or other approved notices or markings shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof. Signs, notices or markings shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and shall be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility. The owner, manager, or person in charge of any new or existing building or property for which fire lanes have been approved or required by the fire code official shall mark and maintain said fire lanes as provided in this subsection.

503.3.1 Curb marking. All curbs and curb ends shall be painted red with white lettering at least three inches high with at least one half-inch stroke, stating "FIRE LANE," and at least one of the following phrases: "NO PARKING," or "TOW-AWAY ZONE". Wording shall not be spaced more than 25 feet apart.

503.3.2 Continuous curb unavailable. In areas where fire lanes are required but no continuous curb is available, one of the following methods shall be used, in conjunction with curb markings where possible, to indicate that the fire lane is continuous:

503.3.2.1 Signs. Signs that comply with Appendix D section D103.6 shall be mounted conspicuously along the edge of the fire lane, spaced no more than 25 feet apart, and shall have lettering at least two inches high with three-eighths inch stroke.

503.3.2.2 Stripes. From the point the fire lane begins to the point the fire lane ends, there shall be painted one continuous red stripe having a minimum width of at least six inches. Fire lanes shall be stenciled every 25 feet apart, stating "FIRE LANE," and at least one of the following phrases: "NO PARKING," or "TOW-AWAY ZONE," with white lettering at least three inches high with at least one half-inch stroke. Fire lanes shall be so marked in accordance with Appendix D sections D103.6.1 and D103.6.2.

Maintenance 

All designated fire lanes shall be maintained and kept in a state of good repair at all times by the owner or person in control of the premises. Upon notification that the fire lane is not clearly marked, the fire lane shall be repaired or repainted to meet the city code. Failure to maintain the fire lane shall constitute a violation of the fire code.

Reference: City Ordinance 0-08-72, Chapter 38 Section 503.3