Building a Home Fire Marshal by st1nk778


									                                          To help us review your project more
                                             quickly, provide the following
                                             information on your plans*:
Contacting Us
   If you have any
                                             Draw to scale or provide dimensions
questions about the Fire Marshal's           Clearly show scope of project
                                             Show all buildings on the property and note
requirements or the process itself, you      their use. Include existing buildings not part
may contact us by phone at (408) 299-        of your project, but indicate which are
                                             proposed and which are existing
5763. If you would like to discuss           Provide total square footage, including any
your project, we encourage you to
                                             attached structure such as a garage
                                             Provide construction type (CBC)                    Building a Home
drop by and speak to a Deputy Fire
Marshal on Wednesdays and Fridays,
                                                FIRE PROTECTION WATER
                                             Source of water (single or shared well, water
                                                                                                            in Rural
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to
5:00 pm. Appointments during those
                                             Storage tank capacity in gallons                    Santa Clara County
                                             Hydrant location, type (Wharf or Standard),
times are not necessary, and everyone        and size of supply piping
                                             Available fire-flow (gallons per minute at 20
is taken on a first-come, first-serve        psi)                                                     Requirements of the
basis.                                         FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS
                                             Show driveway, & access road, indicating
                                             whether road is publicly or privately
                                                                                                     Fire Marshal
                                             Show width, surface, inside turn radius,
                                             percent grade
                                             Show fire department turnaround
   The Fire Marshal also participates         * SEE A SAMPLE SITE PLAN ON OUR WEBSITE

in the Planning Office's pre-
application program. Please note that                                                             Construction in rural areas can present
                                                                                              different challenges than building in a city.
all staff comments are preliminary                                                            Where existing roads and water supplies are not
                                          The Office of the Fire Marshal                      adequate or non-existent, they must be provided
until final submittal of your plans.           Santa Clara County                             or improved by the developing party.
                                                    County Government Center                     This guide will help you plan, budget, and
                                              70 W. Hedding St., East Wing, 7th Floor         prepare your submittal for Fire Marshal
                                                       San Jose, CA 95110                     approval for most rural areas in Santa Clara
                                             Phone: 408-299-5760 * Fax: 408-299-6757
                                                 Web:           County.
                                                                                                                                 Revised 11/01/04
   Role of the Fire Marshal                         Fire Protection Water                                          Fire Department Access
                                                                    If you are served by a water company, you                       Because Fire Department equipment is
                   The County Fire Marshal's
                                                                    will need to give us written proof that they                    very large and heavy, Driveways (roads
                   Office is responsible for
                                                                    can deliver 1,000 to 1,500 gpm at 20 psi                        serving a single property) and Access
                   reviewing plans submitted to
                                                                    for 30 minutes to 2 hours (depending on                         Roads (serving more than one parcel)
                   the County Planning Office
                                                                    the total size of the house) from a standard   must be built or improved by the developer.
                   for Site Approval or
                                                    hydrant. If the required water supply is not available, you       See the chart below for requirements for Driveways
Use Permit for the purpose of setting
                                                    may install fire sprinklers as an alternate.                   over 150 ft. from the centerline of the road to the furthest
requirements for development. Our office also
reviews your final building plans to ensure            If your water comes from a well, you must install a         portion of the structure, and for all Access Roads:
compliance with these requirements.                 dual-tank system (see CFMO-W5), a wharf hydrant (see
                                                                                                                                       DRIVEWAY4         ACCESS ROAD4
                                                    CFMO-W4), and a residential fire sprinkler system
    Whether you are building a new house or                                                                                                            18 ft. + 3 ft. shoulder
                                                    throughout the house. See the chart below for water             WIDTH                  12 ft.
                                                                                                                                                            on both side
adding on to an existing home, the Fire Marshal
                                                    storage requirements:                                           HEIGHT               13 ft. 6 in.           15 ft.
will review your plans. Our job is to ensure that
                                                                                                                    GRADE                   15% (See A1 for exceptions)
for any type of fire or medical emergency, your                                TANK #1:            TANK #2:
                                                          TOTAL                                                     CURVE
                                                          SQ. FT.         Domestic Water & Fire     Hydrant                                        42 ft. inside radius
local fire department will be able to reach your                            Sprinkler Supply        Supply          RADII
site quickly and safely in all conditions, have          Up to 3,600          3,000 gallons       5,000 gallons     SURFACE               All-weather (minimum base rock)
                                                                                                                    LOADING                        65,000 pounds
room to operate their equipment, and have              3,601 to 10,000        3,000 gallons       10,000 gallons
                                                                                                                    GATES                          See CFMO-A3
access to enough fire protection water to              10,001 to 15,000       3,000 gallons       30,000 gallons    TURNOUTS            Every 500 ft.            N/A
successfully fight a fire on the property.              Over 15,000           3,000 gallons       45,000 gallons    TURN-
                                                                                                                                       40 ft. x 48 ft. 2     32 ft. inside radius3
   In many areas of the County, existing roads      NOTE: See Fire Marshal Standard CFMO-W1 for further               Note 1: For alternatives, see Standard CFMO-SD16
and water supplies are not adequate, and both       details.                                                          Note 2: Required if driveway over 150 ft. long
                                                                                                                      Note 3: Required for all dead-end roads
must be provided or improved by the developing                                                                        Note 4: See CFMO-A1 for exceptions for Saratoga Fire District,
party. Fire Marshal Standards have been                                                                                       Los Altos County Fire District, the State Response Area &
                                                                                                                              Ranchland-zoned areas
developed which give the property owner
reasonable alternatives to urban code
                                                    Residential Fire Sprinklers                                    Installation Deadlines

                                                                Residential fire sprinkler systems are often           When your structure is under construction,
                                                                used as a mitigation for inadequate fire           it is at its most vulnerable to fire. It is very
Fire Marshal Standards                                          protection water supply or fire department         important that all fire department access and
   Fire Marshal Standards are available at the                  access. Please note that the code does not         fire protection water requirements are met
Planning Counter Monday through Friday, 8:00        allow partially-sprinklered buildings, so if you are adding    prior to beginning combustible construction.
am to 5:00 pm.                                      on to an existing home, you will be required to retrofit the   This allows the fire department to provide
                                                    entire structure with a Modified NFPA 13D fire sprinkler       emergency medical and fire suppression
   We have also provided downloadable copies
                                                    system (see CFMO-SP6).                                         services during construction. Fire sprinkler
of our Standards in PDF format for your use on
                                                                                                                   systems must be installed prior to final
our website (see back of brochure), and we will        Please see our display and brochure which explain the       inspection.
be happy to mail, fax or e-mail a copy to you.      advantages of residential fire sprinkler systems, or talk to
                                                    our Land Development Deputy Fire Marshal for more                IMPORTANT: A stop-work order may
                                                                                                                     be posted by the Fire Marshal’s Office
                                                    information.                                                     for construction projects which are not
                                                                                                                     in compliance.

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