General Notes - Template

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Clark County Public Works

Clark County Building and Fire Dept

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A. All work shall be done in strict accordance with the Clark County Fire Code as amended, the Uniform Design and Construction Standards (UDACS) as adopted by Clark County and the currently adopted Edition of NFPA 24.

B. Fire hydrants and water supplies for fire protection shall be installed, inspected by Fire Prevention and in service prior to and during the time of construction in accordance with Section 3312 of the IFC, as amended. Fire hydrants shall be within 300 feet of combustible materials.

C. If during construction it becomes necessary to close any control valve or place a hydrant out of service, approval shall be obtained from the CCBDFP prior to placing the hydrant out of service.


A. Fire hydrants shall be installed in accordance with the most current edition of UDACS, NFPA 24 and this guideline. Fire hydrants shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 25 and kept in an operative condition with the required water supply.

B. Manufacturer and model of fire hydrants shall conform to the approved materials list of the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

C. Hydrants shall be installed with their pumper outlet nozzle (steamer connection) facing the fire access road. A 3-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants. Where hydrants are subject to impact by motor vehicles, guard posts (pipe bollards) shall be installed in accordance with IFC section 312.

D. Hydrants shall be painted safety yellow for public and safety red for private.

E. Fire hydrants shall be located 4’ to 7’ from back of curb (c102.11).

F. Painting of curbs and/or asphalt areas adjacent to hydrants shall be completed by the installer prior to bond release inspection. A coat of exterior industrial grade safety red enamel shall be applied for a minimum of 30 feet, 15 feet on each side of the hydrant.

G. Hydrant locations shall be marked by means of a blue reflective pavement marker installed in the center of the fire access drive lane nearest to the hydrant.


A. Fire department connections shall be located within 100 feet of a fire hydrant as measured by an approved unobstructed route.

B. Fire department connections shall be located on the street side of buildings, fully visible and recognizable from the street or nearest point of fire department vehicle access (fire lane) or as otherwise approved by the fire chief.

C. Fire department connections shall not be closer than 3 feet to any door or window opening and shall not be obstructed by trees, shrubs, parking spaces, etc.

D. Fire Department connections shall be located not less than 18 inches and not more than 48 inches above the level of the adjacent grade or access level.


A. Underground piping shall have a minimum working pressure of 150 psi. Underground piping connected to a fire pump or a fire department connection (FDC) shall have a minimum working pressure of 200 psi (class 200).

B. For private fire service mains two sources of water supply are required whenever 4 or more fire hydrants and/or fire sprinkler lead-ins are installed on a single system. Water systems under the purview of the Las Vegas Valley Water District shall conform to the Las Vegas Valley Water District rules.

C. For private fire service mains sectional control valves shall be installed so that no more than 2 fire hydrants and/or fire sprinkler in building risers (lead-ins) can be out of service due to a break in a water main. Water systems under the purview of the Las Vegas Valley Water District shall conform to the Las Vegas Valley Water District rules.

D. All piping and valves supplying fire sprinkler systems shall be protected from freezing when exposed to temperatures less than 40°F. Freeze protection shall be approved, durable and permanent.

E. All required hydrostatic testing and flushing of the private fire service main or underground fire sprinkler/standpipe water supply piping shall be performed in the presence of Clark County Fire Prevention staff. The piping joints shall be uncovered. The installing contractor shall furnish a “contractor’s material and testing certificate” (CM&T) countersigned by the property owner or representative. The CM&T shall be filled out completely with the inspector’s initials, witnessing each test. A copy of the underground flush and hydrostatic testing documentation shall be on-site and signed prior to the connection of the underground water supply to the fire sprinkler system.

Fire Department Access Roads:

A. Surface. Fire apparatus access roads shall be designed and maintained to support a minimum vehicle load of 33,000 pounds per axle and shall be provided with an approved “paved” surface so as to provide all-weather driving capabilities (503.2.3).

Exception: Temporary access roads serving only buildings under construction shall not be required to be paved, but shall comply with all other requirements of section 503.2.3 of the IFC, as amended.

B. Turning radius. The turning radius of a fire apparatus access road shall be no less than 52 feet outside and 28 feet inside turning radius (503.2.4).

C. Dead ends. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet (45,720 mm) in length shall be provided with approved provisions for the turning around of fire apparatus. Dead-end streets up to 500 feet long, measured from curb face of the intersecting street to the curb face of the dead-end (cul-de-sac, hammerhead), shall use the approved cul-de-sac dimensions provided in the RTC standard drawings (see at the end of this document). Dead-end streets in excess of 500 feet must use one of the approved fire apparatus turn around designs, also included at the end of this document.

D. Grade. The gradient for a fire apparatus access road shall not exceed 12 percent (503.2.7).

E. Angles of approach: Angles of approach/departure shall not exceed 6 percent for 25 feet prior to or after the grade change (503.2.8).

F. Fire apparatus access road markings. Painting of curbs and/or asphalt parking areas shall be completed by the installer prior to the final inspection and shall be as follows: Fire apparatus access roads shall be marked where required to prohibit parking and other obstructions. Marking shall consist of painting the curb, or the side of the street, where no curb is present, with a suitable coat of industrial red enamel along the entire length of road where parking is prohibited. Each section of curb that is painted red shall also be marked by signage stating “NO PARKING FIRE LANE”. Signs are to be installed no higher than 10 feet or less than 6 feet from the surface of the roadway. Signs shall be located at each end of painted curb, and additionally in between so that the maximum separation between signs is 100 feet, as measured along the centerline of the fire apparatus access road (503.3).

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