To help us review your project more quickly, provide the following information on your plans*: Contacting Us PROJECT If you have any minimum 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 company) 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 maintained 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: http://firemarshal.sccgov.org 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 AROUNDS1 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 requirements. 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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