What Is The Fire Code?
The Fire Code was developed to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises, and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
The Northwest Fire District (NWFD) has adopted and enforces the 2012 International Fire Code with local amendments that establishes the minimum fire and life safety requirements for a wide range of activities within the District.
Our goal is create a safer community and reduce the impact of fire, loss and injury through fire engineering, fire inspections, education and fire code enforcement. We work to create a partnership with business and property owners. By working cooperatively, we can find solutions and create a safe environment for work and play.
The Fire Code referenced above is applicable to all new and existing construction. The provisions also apply to all commercial businesses operating within District/Town of Marana boundaries. Provisions in the code include:
- General precautions against fire
- Fire protection systems
- Means of egress (exits)
- Emergency planning and preparedness
- Fire department access roads and water supplies
- Fire hydrant requirements
- Fire-rated construction
- Decorative materials and interior finishes
- Flammable and combustible liquids
- Hazardous materials
- Motor fuel dispensing facilities / repair garages
- Special occupancies
- Special processes
Local amendments address issues unique to the District’s firefighting capabilities and equipment. These amendments also include provisions designed to address local fire problems identified through a review and analysis of the District’s loss experience. It is also based on the risk analysis conducted for the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation.
The Fee Schedule outlines specific fees for plan review services, special or additional inspections, variance requests and operational permits. Operational permits are required for tents, canopies, membrane structures, and pyrotechnics displays.
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