Fire Lane / Access Requirements
Location: The fire lane shall extend to within 150 feet of all portions of the exterior wall of the first story of the building measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or as otherwise approved by the Fire Marshal.


Exceptions:  The Fire Code Official is authorized to increase the dimension of 150 feet if:

1.      The building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system. 

2.      Fire lanes cannot be installed due to topography, waterways, non-negotiable grades or other similar conditions, and an approved alternative means of fire protection is provided. 

Dimensions: Fire lanes, must have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet except for approved security gates or 26 feet for access roads equipped with fire hydrants. Unobstructed vertical clearance shall not be less than 13 feet 6 inches.

1.    Gates shall be a minimum of 20 feet unless otherwise approved by the code official.

2.       Gates shall be of the swinging or sliding type.

3.       Electric gates shall be equipped with a Knox key switch.

a)      Additional requirements and information about how to obtain this device and other electric gate requirements can be obtained from the Tyler Fire Department at 903-535-0007.

b)      In the event of a primary power failure, the gates must open automatically, or be manually operable by one person from the approach side, or have a reliable emergency back-up power supply system.

Surface: Fire lanes shall be designed to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus (75,000 lbs) and surfaced to provide all-weather driving capabilities.

Turning radius:  An inside turning radius of 26 ft and a 46 ft outside turning radius is required by the Fire Marshal at this time. 

Dead ends.  Dead end fire lanes in excess of 150 feet in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.

Grade:  Fire lanes shall not exceed 10 percent in grade, unless approved by the Fire Chief.

Curb Markings: All curbs of fire lanes must be painted red and be conspicuously and legibly marked with the warning “FIRE LANE – TOW AWAY ZONE” in white letters at least three inches tall, at intervals not exceeding 50 feet.

Signs: Where required, fire lane signage shall comply with the following:

(a) Must be identified by signs placed so that they are readable day or night from all approaches to the fire lane (signs need not be illuminated nor reflectorized):

(b) Each sign identifying a fire lane must:

(1) be permanently mounted on a pole, post, wall, or permanent barrier;

(2) be installed with the bottom edge of the sign is no lower than five feet and the top  no higher than eight feet above ground level.

(3) be made of weather-resistant material;

(4) be at least 12 inches wide and 18 inches tall;

(5) bear the words “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE” or “FIRE LANE – TOW AWAY ZONE”

(6) lettering on the sign must be red letters on a white background;

(7) signs must be located at the ends of each fire lane and at intervals no further than 50 feet apart.

  1. Where the zone is unusually long, signs showing a double arrow are desirable at intermediate points within the zone.  When signs with arrows are used to indicate the extent of the fire lane, care should be exercised to see that single arrows point in the proper direction to indicate the regulated zone.
  1. When all required markings are installed, request final approval by the Fire Marshal, at 903-535-0007.  Variations from this procedure must be approved in advance.


Updated:  May 8, 2013

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