26 September 2006
All buildings greater than 465 m (5,000 sq ft), or more than two stories in height
must have at least one means of all-weather ground access to allow emergency
vehicles unimpeded access to the building. All-weather ground access must be
paved, start from the road, and terminate no farther than 10 m (33 ft) from the
Exception: An engineered all-weather surface that is not paved may be
provided if approved by the AHJ.
Access to Residential Facilities.
Residential facilities must be provided with all-weather ground access to 3 sides,
with a minimum of 2 sides having access to sleeping rooms.
All force protection equipment, such as bollards or gates, must not require more
than one person to remove or open. Access may require fire apparatus to drive
over a curb. Any locking device controlling vehicle access must be under control
of the Fire Department or 24-hour security personnel located at the specific
facility. Dimensions of fire lanes and turnarounds must comply with NFPA 1,
Uniform Fire Code.
Aerial Apparatus Access.
New facilities four stories or more in height and all new warehouses must be
provided with suitable all-weather ground access surface for aerial apparatus on
a minimum of two sides of the perimeter of the structure.
Fire Department Connection.
Facilities with fire department connections for sprinkler or standpipe systems
must be provided with suitable all-weather ground access surface for pumper
apparatus within 45 m (150 ft) of such fire department connections.
Air handling, heating, ventilation, and exhaust systems must comply with the
requirements of NFPA 90A, except as modified by this UFC.
Egress corridors must not be used as a portion of a supply, return, or exhaust air
system serving adjoining areas. Air transfer opening(s) must not be permitted in
walls or in doors separating egress corridors from adjoining areas.