- All construction shall be sprinklered in accordance with the
National Fire Protection Association Standards.
- In all existing buildings/structures when a change in
occupancy classification or use occurs, or when any existing
occupancy, regardless of total floor area, is converted to a
- In all remodels/room additions where the total area
exceeds 25% of the original square footage. (Allowance above
25% will require approval by the Fire Chief of the Vacaville
Fire Protection District.)
- In all remodels/room additions with an existing sprinkler
system, the system must be recalculated and designed to
accommodate the additional flow demand.
- An approved flashing light shall be installed on all new
dwellings in such a position as to be plainly visible from the
road fronting the property. The signal light shall be installed
in such a manner that it will automatically activate in
conjunction with the required sprinkler system. The light may
also be installed in so that it may be manually activated to
assist in locating buildings during other emergencies. The
signal light shall be a flashing blue or white light capable of
a minimum of 80 flashes per minute and a minimum of 25000-candle
- Smoke Detectors
Shall be provided and installed in accordance with section 1210
of the Building Code. 1001.5.1.3 UFC
- A smoke detector shall be installed in each sleeping room
and at a point centrally located in the corridor or area
giving access to each separate sleeping area.
- Premises Identification
- To readily respond to emergencies, all homes, business and
commercial properties must be easily identified with the
address number. 901.4.4 CFC, 30-201 Solano County Ordinance.
- Upon receipt of the address number from the Director of
Public Works, the occupant or owner of the property or
building shall display the number upon the building or land in
such a manner as to be visible from the road upon which the
land or building fronts.
- Address numbers shall be conspicuous to ensure positive
identification and placed on front doors, near garage doors,
or at a single driveway entrance.
- Where residences and/or property are not clearly visible
from the road, access identification other than mailboxes
shall be on 4” X 4” wood posts, metal stakes, or equivalent
markers elevated at least 3 feet for clear visibility and
rapid directional identification.
- All numbers shall be a minimum height of 3 inches with a
3/8 inch stroke, reflective and/or color contrasting with the
surface where placed.
- Driveways - Roads
Fire apparatus access shall be provided and maintained in
accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Fire Code as
adopted by the Vacaville Fire Protection District.
To provide year-round, all-weather access for heavy fire engines
and other emergency equipment to residential building sites that
are not covered in the Solano County Road and Street Standards,
these minimum access road specifications shall apply, 902.2.2.2
- Plans for access shall be submitted to the District for
review and approval prior to construction.
- Driveways shall extend from each building site to a public
or private roadway and shall have an unobstructed width of not
less than 20 feet (6096 mm) with suitable base material.
Driveways may be a minimum 12 feet wide with authorization.
- The maximum grade allowed is 12 percent. Appendix III-D,
Section 6.1 UFC
- Surface designed and maintained to support a 50,000 lb.
- Driveways exceeding 150 feet in length, but less than 800
feet in length, shall provide a turnout near the midpoint of
the driveway. Where the driveway exceeds 800 feet, turnouts
shall be provided no more than 400 feet apart.
- Turnout shall be a minimum of 10 feet wide and 30 feet
long with a minimum 25 foot taper on each end.
- Minimum centerline curve radius of 40 feet.
- Necessary drainage improvements.
- Turnaround facilities shall be provided at all building
sites on driveways over 300 feet in length, and shall be
within 50 feet of the building. The minimum turning radius for
a turnaround shall be 40 feet from the centerline of the road.
If a hammerhead/T is used, the top of the "T" shall be a
minimum of 60 feet in length.
- Any required culverts or bridges shall be designed for a
live load of 50 tons and be certified by a professional
engineer. Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both
entrances to bridges.
- Overhead clearance of limbs, trees, etc. shall be a
minimum of 15 feet.
- All residences shall be no more than 1000 road feet from a
- Hydrants shall be of approved type and contain a minimum
of one 2½” and one 4½’ NHS external thread outlets. (Equal to
Model 614 Long Beach Iron Works)
- Hydrant fire flow shall conform to Fire District
- Fire hydrants shall be clearly identified in an approved
manner to prevent obstruction by parking and other
obstructions. 901.4.3 CFC.
- Fire hydrants shall be identified by the installation of
blue reflective markers located in the center of the roadway.
- Fire hydrants subject to possible vehicular damage shall
be adequately protected with guard posts in accordance with
Section 8001.11.3 CFC
- A 3-foot (914.4 mm) clear space shall be maintained around
the circumference of fire hydrants. 1001.7.2 CFC
- The center of a hose outlet shall not be less than 18
inches (457 mm) to 36 inches above final grade. NFPA 24
- Gates shall be at least two feet wider that the width of
the traffic lane serving that gate.
- All gates providing access from a road to a driveway shall
be located at least 30 feet from the roadway and shall open to
allow a vehicle to stop without obstructing traffic on that
- Where a one-way road with a single traffic lane provides
access to a gated entrance, a 40-foot turning radius shall be
- Electrically Operated Gates
The design and installation of all electrically operated
gates shall be in accordance with the following criteria:
- The gate control shall be operable by an approved
emergency override Knox key switch that is an integral
part of the mechanism. In the event of a power failure,
the gate shall automatically be transferred to a fail-safe
mode allowing the gate to be pushed open without the use
of special knowledge or equipment.
- The key switch shall be labeled with a permanent red
sign with not less than ½” contrasting letters reading
“FIRE DEPT” or a “Knox” decal.
- A transmitter-operated gate shall have a Knox key
switch on the right side of the gates opening
approximately 48” above the roadway surface. It shall be
visible and easily accessible with a label as specified
- Upon activation of the Knox key switch, the gate shall
remain open until returned to normal operation by means of
the key switch.
- Manually Operated Gates and Barriers
- A Knox padlock shall be used, in order for the Fire
District to enter the property during an emergency in a
timely manner without the destruction of private property.
- After investigation of the available products, it has been
determined that only the product line offered by the Knox
Company of Phoenix satisfies the security needs of the Fire
District and the community. The Fire District will provide the
only acceptable order form.
- Roof Coverings
All roof coverings shall be fire retardant as specified in the
Uniform Building Code. Wood shakes or other wood materials
applied as roof covering shall be fire rated as class B or
better. 1504, Table 15-A UBC
- Spark Arresters
Chimneys used with fireplaces or heating appliance in which
solid or liquid fuel is used shall be maintained with a spark
arrester. 1109.7 UFC, 4291 (F) PRC
- Development Impact Fees for New Construction
On April 26, 2005, the Solano County Board of Supervisors passed
and adopted Ordinance 1659 on behalf of the Vacaville Fire
Protection District. The adopted fee became effective July 1,
July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 – a per square foot impact
fee of $1.44
July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 – a per square foot impact
fee of $1.62
Vacaville Fire Protection District
This information is provided as a service to
potential builders within the boundaries of the Vacaville Fire
Protection District. These requirements represent merely an
overview of preliminary building requirements and additional
regulations shall apply.
Revised: December 7, 2002
January 7, 2005
September 23, 2005
April 5, 2006