Construction Regulations

Fire Protection Regulations

The West Licking Joint Fire District has the following regulations concerning the proposed developments or buildings located in the West Licking Fire District in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code.


 All plans for proposed new, modified, or enlarged structures or developments in The West Licking Joint Fire District shall be submitted to the Fire Code Official for review of fire hydrants, fire alarms, fire apparatus access, fire suppression systems, underground fire lines, and fire department connections prior to any construction.  All plans shall be submitted with the scale indicated on the plans.  The scale must be in one of the following scales; 1”=10’, 1”=20’, 1”=30’, 1”=40’, 1”=50’, 1”=60’, 1”=100’, or standard architectural scale.  Plans submitted shall include one (1) full size set, and one CD in JPEG format containing:

  1. Building layout on property showing parking lot entrances, fire hydrant locations, building entrances, FDC location, PIV locations, emergency generator location, and vehicle hazards indicating North to the top of the drawing.
  2. Complete floor plan for each level with exits noted, standpipe locations, fire doors, special hazards, hazardous storage locations, and loading docks.
  3. Sprinkler zones for all floors.
  4. Fire wall locations for each floor.
  5. Locations of all utility shut offs.  


The West Licking Fire Chief or his designee will have final approval on the locations of fire hydrants prior to construction.


Maximum distance between fire hydrants is 500 feet.

  1. Fire hydrants shall be provided no less than 20 feet nor more than 50 feet of all intersecting streets.
  2. One fire hydrant shall be provided within 150 feet of the terminus of a public or private dead end street, stub street, common access drive, or cul-de-sac.
  3. Fire hydrants shall not require the opening of a valve for the fire hydrants to provide the required fire flows needed.
  4. Hydrant flow testing, as recommended per NFPA 291, shall be conducted and documented to ensure that the minimum fire flow is available.  These tests shall be conducted at the expense of the owner.  The West Licking Fire District shall have the option of witnessing these tests.
  5. Hydrant and water line plans will be submitted to the West Licking Fire District.  All plans submitted shall be full size with scale indicated.
  6. Minimum water line size for a fire hydrant shall be 6 inches.  If the water line is a dead end line and exceeds 600 feet in length or has two or more hydrants on the line, an 8 inch pipe size is required.
  7. Minimum branch size for a fire hydrant shall be 6 inches.
  8. Hydrants shall have;
    One 5 inch Storz connection.
    Two 2.5 inch inch hose connections.
    NFPA National Standard fire hose threads.
  9. Additional fire hydrant requirements;
    Set depth so that breakaway flange is within 6 inches     above finish grade.
    Steamer connection shall be facing road.
    Check each hydrant to ensure that there is no leakage at breakaway flange and that water freely drains through the weep hole when shut off.
    Private hydrants shall have the bonnets painted dark blue.
    Private hydrants connected to a non-potable water source shall have the bonnets painted white.
  10. Fire hydrants shall be in service and a letter received from the local water department and a certificate of completion from the installation contractor prior to construction above grade level.


  1.  A copy of sprinkler plans APPROVED BY THE APPROPRIATE BUILDING CODE DEPARTMENT shall remain on site after building occupancy.
  2. Post Indicator Valve
    Sprinkler systems other than limited area systems, as defined in The Ohio Building Code, will have a post indicator valve installed at the street.  The post indicator valve shall be monitored at a constantly attended location and/or kept locked.  Post indicator valve locations shall be approved by the West Licking Fire District.  All control valves shall be provided with permanently attached identification tags indicating the valves function and what is being controlled.
    Post indicator valve handles shall be secured to the post indicator valve.  
  3.  Fire Department Connections
             This provision shall govern the installation of all new Fire Protection systems and devices. 
             As defined in the Ohio Fire Code, and the Ohio Building Code, these connections shall be compatible with the connections of the local Fire Department. All threads provided for Fire Department connections to sprinkler systems, or any other fire system supplying water shall be a 5 inch Storz connection with a 30 degree angle towards the ground.  It must also be 36 inches off finish grade.
            All Fire Department connections for sprinkler systems and standpipe systems shall be installed at the street area, and be within 40 feet of an approved hydrant.  The Fire Chief or his designee prior to construction shall approve the location of the Fire Department connection.  A 12 inch high by 18 inch wide sign shall be mounted on all Fire Department connections.  The sign shall have the address of the building below the letters FDC.  The letters FDC shall be in letters 6 inches high with .5 inch stroke width.  The letters in the address shall be 2 inches high with .5 inch stroke width.  These signs shall be affixed to a pole and attached to the Fire Department connection. 
            The water line shall be a minimum 6 inch diameter line from the 5 inch Storz fitting to the sprinkler riser.  The Fire Department connection line may be a 4 inch line if the sprinkler water line into the building is a 4 inch line.
            If the Fire Department connection is in an area subject to vehicular traffic, bollards shall be installed to protect the Fire Department connection. 
            Per NFPA 13, the piping between the check valve and the outside hose coupling shall be equipped with an approved automatic drip valve.  If the automatic drip valve is outside due to no below grade level in the building, a pit shall be installed permitting safe access to the valve for operation, inspections, tests, and maintenance. NFPA 13 does not permit direct burial. Pits shall be installed in accordance with all applicable codes. 
            Private Fire Service mains and their appurtenances shall be installed, flushed, and tested per NFPA 24. 
            The West Licking Fire District shall be present to witness all underground fire line inspections.
  4. Zone maps shall remain on site after building occupancy, at location specified by the Fire Official.
  5. The sprinkler riser shall be placarded, and have permanently attached the riser demand and the design criteria.


  1. The Fire District will approve the location of all fire alarm panels and remote indicators.  An identification map approved by the Fire Code Official shall be installed at the alarm panel indicating fire alarm devices such as smoke detectors, pull stations, sprinkler systems, duct smoke detectors, and like items.  Remote annunciators will be required to be located at the right side of the front door unless specifically approved otherwise.
  2. Per NFPA 72, the installing contractor shall complete and sign appropriate contractors material and test certificates for each system.
  3. Duct detector locations shall be designated by a 1 inch wide red plastic sign with .75 inch white lettering permanently attached to the ceiling grid below the unit and shall read duct detector #____ or as required.  A permanent sign must be placed above all non-addressable remotes as to their function for both trouble and alarm.
  4. Zone maps shall remain on site after building occupancy, located at the annunciator panel.


  1. An approved key box shall be installed on all new commercial buildings protected by the West Licking Joint Fire District. The box shall be installed in a location approved by the Fire Code Official.
  2. Key box contents shall include:
    1. Keys to locked points of ingress whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings.
    2. Keys to locked mechanical rooms.
    3. Keys to locked electrical rooms.
    4. Keys to locked elevator controls.
    5. Keys to other areas as directed by the Fire Code Official.
    6. A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers.
  3. All keys shall be tagged as to their specific use.


  1. Definition: A road that provides fire apparatus access from a fire station to a facility, building, or portion thereof. This is a general term inclusive of all other terms such as fire lane, public street, private street, parking lot lane, and access roadway.
  2. Building and facilities: Approved fire apparatus access roads shall be provided for every facility, building, or portion of a building hereafter constructed or moved into within the jurisdiction.  The fire apparatus access road shall comply with the requirements of this section and shall extend to within 150 feet of all portions of the facility or any portion of the exterior wall of the first story of the building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility.  The fire apparatus access road shall provide access to a minimum of three sides of the building or facility.
    Exception: The Fire Code Official is authorized to increase the dimension of 150 feet where: Fire apparatus access roads cannot be installed due to location on property, topography, waterways, non-negotiable grades, or other similar conditions, and an approved alternative means of fire protection is provided.
  3. Additional access: The Fire Code Official is authorized to require more than one fire apparatus access road based on the potential for impairment of a single road by vehicle congestion, condition of terrain, climatic conditions, or other factors that could limit access.  The Fire District requires a minimum of 2 access roads to all developments. 
  4. Specifications: Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches. 
  5. The Fire Code Official shall have the authority to require an increase in the minimum access widths where they are inadequate for fire or rescue operations.
  6. Fire apparatus access roads shall be designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus weighing at least 75,000 pounds and shall be surfaced so as to provide all-weather driving capabilities.
  7. The required turning radius of a fire apparatus road shall be determined by the Fire Code Official.  Cul-de-sacs shall have a minimum of 96’ of unobstructed paved drivable surface, posted with signs that state 
          “No Parking”.
  8. Dead end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.
  9. Marking: Where required by the Fire Code Official, approved signs or other notices shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof.  Signs or notices shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility.
  10. Required access: Vehicle access for fire fighting shall be provided to all construction demolition sites. Vehicle access shall be provided to within 100 feet of temporary or permanent fire department connections. Vehicle access shall be provided by either temporary or permanent roads, capable of supporting the imposed load of fire apparatus weighing at least 75,000 pounds under all weather conditions.
  11. Premises identification: Address numbers, building numbers, approved building identification shall be placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.  These numbers shall contrast with their background.  Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters.  Numbers shall be a minimum 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of .5 inch.
    Streets and roads shall be identified with approved signs.  Temporary signs shall be installed at each street intersection when construction of new roadways allows passage by vehicles.  Signs shall be of an approved size, weather resistant, and be maintained until replaced by permanent signs.


The following is the Permit/Fee Schedule adopted by the West Licking Joint Fire District as set forth in the Ohio Fire Code Sections 105.1.1 and, Ohio Administrative Code 1301:7-7-01.

Additonal information can be found on the Permit/Fees page


For additional comments or questions to your specific development/building, contact the West Licking Fire Prevention Bureau at (740) 927-3046.