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Fire Hydrant Requirements

  • Fire Hydrants: An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to all premises upon which facilities, buildings, or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into the jurisdiction.


  • The number and type of fire hydrants and connections to other approved water supplies shall be capable of delivering the required fire flow and shall be provided at approved locations.


  • No person shall place or keep any post, fence, vehicle, growth, vegetation, trash, or storage of other materials that would obstruct a fire hydrant or fire protection appliance and hinder or prevent its immediate use by fire department personnel. Such fire hydrant or fire protection appliance shall be maintained readily visible at all times.


  • The following clearances shall be maintained for all fire hydrants and fire protection appliances.
    • Fire hydrants and connections to other approved water supplies shall be accessible to the fire department.
    • Hydrants - Clearances of seven feet and six inches (7' 6") in front of and to the sides of the fire hydrant, with a four foot (4') clearance to the rear of the hydrant.
    • Exception: These dimensions may be reduced by approval of the Fire Official.
    • Fire Protection Appliances – Clearances of seven and one half feet (7' 6") in front of and to the sides of the appliances.

      See Fire Hydrant, Thrust Block Standard in Appendix.

  • All required hydrants shall be in addition to any internal sprinkler or standpipe system serving that development and shall not be located on the fire line water main service. Except for hydrants that are located within the right of way of public streets, all hydrants shall be located at least one hundred feet (100') from any building except a one story single-family residential building.


  • Whenever a proposed development will be required to install one or more fire hydrants as a condition of approval and the proposed development will be equipped with an internal fire protection system (fire sprinklers, standpipes, or both) a fire hydrant shall be located within forty feet (40'), as measured along a normal access route, of the fire department connection for such internal system.