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Plan Submittals

All submittals and documents shall be submitted electronically to the USU Fire Marshal’s Office for initial review before being submitted to the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office for review.

A set of plans stamped by the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office shall be kept at the job site for inspection references.

The required plans shall consist of the following:


  • Topography information
  • Access roadways for fire apparatus
  • Property setbacks
  • Building footprints with location on property, and separation from existing buildings
  • All existing and proposed hydrants within 600' of structure
  • Engineer's water supply analysis
  • Hydrant and fire main details, with sizes, depths and backfilling instructions


  • Details on size, height, construction type, occupancy rating, calculated occupancy loads, and any anticipated fire protection features
  • Construction plans with information on construction type, construction materials, fire-proofing, flame spread, and all fire and life safety considerations


  • Exterior walls and any portion of said walls, which are more than 150 feet from the curb line of the public street, shall be served by a fire apparatus access road which shall be totally unobstructed. This distance shall me measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility. Access ways may be required on 2 sides, and the distance from the fire engine to any access point on a wall shall not exceed 150 feet.
  • All access roads shall be of an all-weather surface, defined as concrete or asphalt, capable of supporting the imposed loads of fire apparatus [75,000 lbs.]. Fire apparatus roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet, unobstructed.
  • The fire access lanes may be required to have signs and/or road striping and curb painting to maintain this width where parking or turning radius may pose a problem. A schematic of the recommended turning radius is available to download in PDF format: Download PDF Schematics.
  • The minimum acceptable vertical clearance shall be 13 feet 6 inches.
  • Any building over 30 feet in height, measured from the lowest level of fire apparatus access, shall have an access road with a minimum unobstructed width of 26 feet, in a zone parallel to the building, no nearer than 15 feet nor further than 30 feet from the building.
  • Any dead end access road in excess of 150 feet shall be provided with an approved turnaround. The approved turnaround may be configured as a circle, tee, hammerhead, or other functional design.


  • Sprinkler shop drawings with cut sheets
  • Firealarm shop drawings with cut sheets


  • USU Campus Standard for the Sprinkler Waterflow Horn/Strobe is the 24 Volt Potter SASH Series Sprinkler Alarm Strobe/Horn Sign Combination.
  • USU Campus Standards for fire alarm systems found at USU Design Requirements Divisions 26, 27 and 28
  • Alarm shop drawing submittals shall be accompanied by cut sheets on all devices proposed.
  • All devices used shall be UL listed, or listed by a nationally recognized testing lab, and compatible with Notifier panels.
  • USU Campus Standards require that all fire alarm panels shall be Notifier panels.
  • All doors in protected stair enclosures and required fire separation walls shall be equipped with a magnetic door holder which is tied into the fire alarm system in buildings equipped with a fire alarm system.


  • NFPA 13
  • USU campus standards for fire sprinkler systems found at USU Design Requirements Divisions 21
  • Fire sprinkler plan submittals shall be accompanied by cut sheets of all devices proposed.
  • All sprinkler systems shall be hydraulically calculated.
  • The sprinkler system demand for water supply shall not be greater than 80% of the available water supply at peak demand.
  • Fire service mains shall be at least 6 inches, and shall not be smaller than the sprinkler riser.
  • The USU Campus Standard for the double check backflow assembly is the Ames-Colt C200 Series with Butterfly Valves.


  • A water supply analysis shall be performed by a qualified engineer and fire flows shall be verified by an engineer, and a report shall be provided by the architect.
  • Fire flow requirements for proposed construction shall be based upon Appendix B of the latest adopted edition of the International Fire Code.
  • Fire Hydrants shall be provided along the required fire apparatus access roads and adjacent public streets.
  • The minimum number of fire hydrants required, spacing, and maximum distance street to hydrant shall be based on appendix C of the International Fire Code.
  • Minimum water main size serving a fire hydrant lateral shall be a minimum 8-inch diameter, unless a hydraulic analysis indicates that the required flow and pressures can be maintained by smaller lines [UT Admin Code R309-550-5 Water Main Design].
  • Hydrants shall be approved dry barrel type having two 2 1/2 inch outlets and one 4 1/2-inch steamer connection, all outlets having NST (National Standard Threads).
  • The Fire Marshal is permitted to allow a 50% reduction in the required fire flow for all buildings that are fully sprinklered.
  • Where fire hydrants are subject to impact by motor vehicles, they shall be protected by guard posts, as specified in section 312 of the International Fire Code.


  • Hi Rise Buildings: Building of B rated occupancies exceeding 75 feet in height from the lowest fire apparatus access as specified in the IBC, or those not meeting access as necessary for Aerial Fire Apparatus are classified as HI RISE buildings, and must meet the requirements IBC 509 and IFC 907.2.13.
  • Fire extinguishers have been standardized to Amerex B456. Fire extinguisher cabinets shall be recessed or semi-flush mounting with no locking mechanism.
  • Emergency generators serving fire and life safety features shall be listed to UL 2200, and initiate within 10 seconds of power failure.