Policies

The following policies apply generally to any building or site (except single family or duplex dwellings). With the exception of the policies that are specific to certain occupancies or the use of hazardous materials, the policies relate to fundamental issues of access for emergency personnel and fire protection.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms California's Carbon Monoxide Prevention Act requires California homes to have carbon monoxide devices.

PDF icon Compressed Gas and Cryogenic Systems Permits When certain amounts of compressed gas and cryogenic systems are installed in the City of San Diego, installation permits are required. This policy spells out when a permit is required.

PDF icon Corridors: Storage Restrictions Storage is normally not allowed in exit corridors. This policy explains circumstances where it might be allowed.

PDF icon Disrupted Service - Fire Protection Systems When a fire protection system is out of service, a fire watch may be required. See the policy for details applicable to different occupancies and notification numbers for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

PDF icon Emergency Plan and Information An emergency plan is required for all office buildings of two or more stories; for hotels, motels, and lodging houses; and for Group I, Division 1 and 2 facilities.

PDF icon Fire Access Roadways A fire lane is often required when buildings are located a distance from the public road. Usually this is designated when the building or complex is built. Fire lanes may also be found on streets when the road width limits access for emergency vehicles.

PDF icon Fire Access on Public Roadways A fire lane is required on existing public roadways if it is determined a distinct hazard to life or property exists.

PDF icon Fire/Harmful Gas Alarm System Permits The process for administering the Fire/Harmful Gas Alarm System permits, and how and when penalty mitigation would be appropriate.

PDF icon Fire Extinguishers In buildings where fire extinguishers are required by the California Fire Code, the Code sets out specific regulations about the type, mounting and labeling of the extinguisher.

PDF icon Flammable Containers This policy is intended to clarify the types of containers allowed for the storage of Class I flammable liquids and the maximum allowable container size

PDF icon Hazardous Materials Identification Signs When hazardous materials are stored in a building, signs identifying the material are required. This policy explains the types of signs and when and where a sign is required.

PDF icon Hazardous Materials Inventory Reporting This policy establishes the requirements for hazardous materials reporting using the Fire-Rescue Department's PDF icon Form FPB-500 - Hazardous Materials Information

PDF icon Illuminated Directory This policy applies to new multiple-unit complexes and, on a case-by-case basis, to existing complexes. In large complexes, a directory is provided at the entrance to clearly indicate where each building, by address, is located. In new complexes with more than one entrance, two directories are required.

PDF icon Knox Box Requirements and Procedure for Ordering When access to a building is difficult, a KNOX Box is appropriate. It is a secured box, installed near the entrance to the building, that only the fire department has access to. The KNOX company also makes KNOX switches which allow emergency vehicle access through a gate.

PDF icon Modified Roadway Surfaces This policy establishes procedures and standards for all-weather access roads for Fire-Rescue Department vehicles when modified access road materials are used.

PDF icon Photovoltaic Panel Placement This policy is to clarify acceptable placement of photovoltaic panels for single family homes and duplexes in the City of San Diego.

Recreational Fires - Explanation of state fire codes regulating open, recreational fires.

PDF icon Sky Lanterns This policy explains the prohibition on the use of "sky lanterns".

PDF icon Temporary Occupancy Load Increase This policy clarifies the procedures for obtaining a temporary increase in occupant load in a building not classified as a public assembly under the California Building Code