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19.07.100 Road access and fire requirements

            Every structure shall be accessible to Fire Department apparatus by way of an access road having all-weather drivable and maintainable surface with not less than twenty-six feet (26') of unobstructed width and thirteen feet six inches (13'6") of vertical clearance with adequate turning radius capable of supporting the imposed loads of fire apparatus.  Dead end access roads in excess of one hundred fifty feet (150') in length shall be provided with approved provisions for the turning around of Fire Department apparatus in accordance with the table as set forth in Diagram A-7 .

            (1)        Road width.  The required width of an access road shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles.  Where no space is provided for parking along access roads, said road shall be kept unobstructed.

                        (a)        Property owners shall be required to identify and mark fire lanes in accordance with Section 10.62.040 of the City Code.

                        (b)        Where access roads are adjacent to required fire hydrants, such access roads, within twenty feet (20') either direction of the fire hydrant, shall be a minimum of twenty-six feet (26') in width.

                        (c)        The access road shall be extended to within one hundred fifty feet (150') of all portions of the exterior walls of the first story of any building.

                        (d)        The maximum grade for access roads of greater than one hundred feet (100') shall be eight percent (8%); however, grades up to twelve percent (12%) are allowable with approval of the Fire Chief and the City Engineer.

                        (e)        The owner shall be responsible for establishing the base grade of the access road before the water system is installed.  The owner or possessor of the lot, shall clear the right-of-way for the water system and establish the fire hydrant location and grade, by use of an offset stake, for review by the Public Works Department.  The owner shall then install the water system and set the fire hydrant to the grade established by the City of Layton.  If there are any changes to the access road or right-of-way areas which do not allow for a minimum of forty-two inches (42") cover over the water line or not more than a four inch (4") vertical difference between the flange of the fire hydrant and the finished surface of the access road, the owner shall be responsible for all expenses associated with the relocation or adjustment to the water system.

                        (f)        The access road shall be maintained by the property owner or possessor of the premises in good condition and repair, and with adequate snow removal so as to provide free and uninhibited access at all times by emergency and service vehicles.

                        (g)        A turnaround shall be provided at the end of the access road in accordance with the standards and specifications of the most recently adopted Fire Code and in accordance with the minimum requirements of Diagram A-7 .
                        (h)        The minimum turning radii for all turns and/or curves shall conform to the forty-five foot (45') radius, single unit truck or bus illustrated in Diagram A-8 .
                        (i)         If access roads are not looped, then the provided dead end access road shall meet the requirements in Diagram A-7 .

                        (j)         The property owner shall grant an easement along the length and full width of the access road, permitting access to emergency and service vehicles and inspection personnel.

            The property owner may be required to grant to the City, a utility easement extending from the public street to the fire hydrant, and having a minimum width of fourteen feet (14') for the purpose of use, operation, maintenance, and repair of such hydrant and water line, and uninhibited access at all times by emergency and service vehicles.

            (2)        A fire hydrant shall be installed by and at the expense of the property owner and shall be connected by a six inch (6") (minimum) water line from the eight inch (8") (minimum) water main and shall be located in accordance with the most recently adopted Fire Code.  Fire hydrants shall be located on all required access roads as required by Layton City and shall be located within five feet (5') of the required access road.

                        (a)        If, in the opinion of the Fire Chief, fire hydrants are vulnerable to vehicular damage, appropriate crash posts shall be required.  No obstruction including crash posts shall exist within a three foot (3') working area of each fire hydrant.  Crash posts shall be a four inch (4") cement-filled pipe, having a minimum of three feet (3') in height above grade, with two feet (2') of pipe below grade set in concrete.  Hydrant shut-off valves shall be located as per Layton City standards.

                        (b)        Spark arresters shall be installed in every fireplace constructed, whether indoor or outdoor.  Screen openings in such arresters shall not be in excess of one-quarter inch (¼") in diameter;

            (3)        Lots shall not be allowed or approved where the operating water pressure from the City water system serving the proposed lot or lots is less than forty (40) pounds per square inch with a minimum fire flow of one thousand five hundred (1,500) gallons per minute.  All water line installations shall be installed to City specifications, at the expense of the property owner.

                        (a)        All of the improvements, as required, shall be installed at the lot owner's expense as a condition for the granting of such exception.

                        (b)        Such other conditions and standards as the governing body or City staff may deem necessary in the furtherance of the objectives of this Code and in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizenry.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-77, Amended, 11/19/1998
Ord. No. 00-16, Amended, 5/18/2000
Ord. No. 97-19, Enacted, 4/17/1997
Ord. No. 04-69, Recodified, 12/16/2004