[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Burlington by Ord. No. 9-2000 (Ch. 10.32 of the 1996 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to create fire lanes and zones wherein fire equipment, personnel and other emergency vehicles will have an unobstructed means of ingress and egress to the building and/or other structures within the City in the event a fire or other emergency response.
"Fire lanes" shall be defined as a designated area to permit fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles and personnel to traverse for purposes of emergency response. Fire lanes shall be marked and constructed in accordance with Schedules 1, 2, and 4 of this chapter. The City may require public or private fire lanes as deemed necessary for the efficient and effective operation of fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, approval of the designation of such fire lanes shall be by resolution of the Common Council of the City.
Fire zones shall be created by the Fire Official, with the approval of the Chief of the Fire Department, Public Safety Director and the Business Administrator, for buildings and structures within the City excluding one-family detached dwellings as defined in § 207-3 of the Code of the City of Burlington. "Fire zones" are designated areas at entrances, exits, loading doors, or other accessways to premises, and Fire Department connections which shall remain unobstructed at all times so as to provide access to buildings by fire apparatus, personnel and other emergency vehicles. These areas shall be as described in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of this chapter.
The location, dimensions, markings and number of signs that shall be required in or upon a fire lane or zone shall be determined by the Fire Official of the City upon advice from the Fire Chief of the Fire Department who shall base their findings upon the size, type and location of the building and/or other structures provided. However, each such lane or zone shall, where possible, conform to the schedules of this chapter and to the following:
Fire zones shall be no less then 10 feet nor more than 50 feet in width and shall be striped and lettered in yellow on a paved surface. Such striping and lettering shall be legible at all times. Said striping and lettering shall comply with the standards set forth in Schedule 2 of this chapter and with all applicable standards which shall hereinafter be promulgated by the State of New Jersey.
Editor's Note: Said schedule is on file in the office of the Fire Official.
Fire lanes proposed within the City shall conform with the following:
Fire lanes shall have a minimum width of 18 feet.
Fire lanes shall be constructed of either asphalt paving, concrete, concrete paving blocks, or eight-inch minimum of dense graded aggregate. Where soil conditions warrant geotextile fabric shall be installed. Fire lanes shall be designed to support a weight of approximately 25 tons. The design of the fire lanes shall be subject to the approval of the City Engineer and Fire Official and Chief of the Fire Department. All fire lanes shall be designed with a turning radii that will allow the largest fire vehicle to remain within the designated fire lane or travel lane while negotiating a turn. Fire lanes located in landscaped areas shall be designed by locating "Fire Lane" signs on both sides of said lane at an interval determined by the City Engineer. Where required to access a roadway, fire lanes shall provide a depressed curb.
Fire lanes and fire zones shall have signs, the lettering on which shall be legible at all times, which shall advise that the area is a "Fire Zone" or "Fire Lane," and such signs shall comply with the standards set forth in Schedule 3 and 4 of this chapter and with all applicable standards which shall hereafter be promulgated by the State of New Jersey.
Editor's Note: Said schedules are on file in the office of the Fire Official.
It shall be the discretion of the Fire Official and the Construction Official of the City, subject to approval by the Public Safety Director and Business Administrator, to grant a waiver to any of the above requirements, and the reasons for granting a waiver shall be documented and based on reasonable and prudent deviations which arise as a result of the particular premises and structures. However, a waiver shall not be granted if any firematic operation would be adversely affected.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner or owners of the land or premises wherein a fire lane and/or zone has been designated to stripe, letter and maintain the appropriate signs as required and to maintain said striping, lettering and signage in a clean and legible manner at all times and replace when necessary to insure adequate visibility.
Upon the creation of a fire lane and/or zone, the Fire Official shall provide the owner or owners of the land or premises wherein the fire lane and/or zone is located with written notice sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, requiring that the marking, striping, lettering and/or signage be completed within 60 days from receipt of the letter. Failure to comply with a sixty-day period will result in the Fire Official or his designee instituting a proceeding in the Municipal Court against the owner or owners of the land or premises within which the fire lane and/or zone is to be located or cite the owner or owners of the premises under the Uniform Fire Code.
The Fire Official, or his designee, shall be responsible for notifying the owner or owners of the lane or premises wherein a fire lane and/or zone is located that the owner or owners must take certain steps within 30 days of the date of the receipt of the notice to maintain the condition of the marking and/or striping and/or lettering and/or "Fire Lane" and/or "Fire Zone" signs. Said written notice shall be sent certified mail, return receipt requested. Failure to comply within a thirty-day period will result in the Fire Official, or his designee, instituting a Municipal Court proceeding against the owner or owners of the land or premises within which the fire lane and/or zone is located or cite the owner or owners of the premises under the Uniform Fire Code.
No person, or owner of, shall at any time park a vehicle or in any other manner obstruct any area that has been designated as a fire lane and/or zone. This section shall be enforced by the Police Department of the City and/or any such person designated by the Business Administrator and/or Mayor or the person may be cited under the Uniform Fire Code.
Any violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment of not more than 90 days, or both.