Access Requirements

 

Standard for Driveways, Dead-Ends and Looped Access Ways: All new fire access roads within the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, regardless of number of parcels served, must be 24-feet wide.

Phasing Policy for Existing Fire Access Roads
Residential (turn-around/turn-out requirements)
Industrial or Commerical (turn-around/turn-out requirements)
Additional Access Requirements
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Phasing Policy for Existing Fire Access Roads | Top

Single family dwellings - The fire access roadway requirement for widening existing improved fire apparatus roadways shall be per the table below, and will extend from the property out to the nearest public road.

Number of Parcels Served
Unobstructed Road Width
Roadways Over 600-feet Long
Extend to the Nearest Public Road?
1-2
16 feet, paved
(NO PARKING)
Turn-outs every 400 feet.
Yes
3-8
20 feet, paved
(NO PARKING)
Turn-outs every 400 feet.
Yes
9 or more
24 feet, paved
(NO PARKING)
(no turn-outs required)
Yes

Auxiliary structures (non-habitable & residential additions/remodels less than 500-square feet:
The access roadway will not be required to be improved if the access roadway has already been improved to a minimum of 20-feet. If the roadway is not 20-feet, then the roadway shall be widened per the table above, but not greater than 20-feet. This exception is limited to one permit (addition or remodel) per three-year period from the date of the last permit.

 

Residential | Top

Width of
Access Road
Length of
Access Road
Requirement
16 feet
(NO PARKING)
0-150 feet
(no turn-around or turn-outs)
151 to 599 feet
Turn-around required.
600 feet or more
Turn-around required.
Turn-outs* required every
400 feet.
20 feet
(NO PARKING)
0-150 feet
(no turn-around or turn-outs)
151 to 599 feet
Turn-around required.
600 feet or more
Turn-around required.
Turn-outs* required every
400 feet.
24 feet
(NO PARKING)
0-150 feet
(no turn-around or turn-outs)
151 to 599 feet
Turn-around required.
600 feet or more
Turn-around required.

*Turn outs shall be a minimum of 10 feet wide and 30 feet in length with a minimum 25 foot taper on each end. Parking is not permitted in any turn around. Download scaled drawings in the right margin on this page.

 

Industrial or Commercial | Top

Width of
Access Road
Length of
Access Road
Requirement

24 feet
(NO PARKING)

[Or, to public roads standards set forth by the County of San Diego]

Any length
Turn-around required.

 

Additional Fire Access Requirements | Top

The following information is found in its entirety in the 2011 Fire Code.

All fire apparatus access shall have and maintain a minimum vertical clearance of no less than 13-feet six-inches.

Fire apparatus access roads shall be designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus (not less than 75,000 lbs) and shall be provided with an approved paved surface (asphalt or concrete) so as to provide all-weather driving capabilities.

Fire apparatus access shall not exceed 20-percent gradient and gradients exceeding 15-percent shall not be permitted without mitigation. Minimal mitigation shall be the installation of a surface of Portland cement concrete, with heavy-broom finish, perpendicular to the direction of travel. The angle of departure and approach shall not exceed 7-degrees (12-percent) or as approved by the fire chief.

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For Additional Assistance | Top

For answers to your basic questions about our access requirements, please contact us via email. If more in depth information is needed please call us 858-756-5971 and make an appointment. Thank you.