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Fire Lane Codes

Fire lane codes in the US, though largely similar, differ from state to state. Most of the states have adopted a ‘No Parking, No Standing and No Stopping in fire lanes’ rule in order to keep these designated lanes clear for emergency vehicles during fire. Some states have additional, pin-pointed rules for marking fire lanes properly with signage or markings. Your facility can be inspected for necessary fire lane safety arrangements any day and not complying with regulations can incur penalties and fines.
Why leave any loophole in the safety measures at your end? Carefully read your states regulations to implement them in /or near your facility and take a step forward to build a safe and compliant work area. Find your state in the list and check the respective state codes / regulations casted by the local government regarding parking, standing or stopping in fire lanes.
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# State Code / Section / Law Regulation Source
1 Alabama Section 32-5A-137 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/CodeofAlabama/1975/32-5A-137.htm
2 Alaska Code 13 AAC Section 520 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle in a way that obstructs the movement of emergency vehicles or injured persons or create additional hazards to the safety of persons by blocking visibility of flares or other emergency signaling devices. http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/aac/title13/chapter002/section520.htm
Alaska 13 AAC 02.340 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/aac/title13/chapter002/section340.htm
3 Arizona Section 28-873 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/28/00873.htm&Title=28&DocType=ARS
4 Arkansas Section 8.44.14 No Parking, stopping or standing in a fire lane or within 15 ft of a fire hydrant except except in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://records.jonesboro.org/Technical%20Codes/Downtown%20Parking%20Code.pdf
5 California Sections 22500.1; 22514 No person shall stop, park or stand a vehicle attended or unattended except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device or to prevent clash with traffic, at a curb, along the edge of a highway or in a publicly or privately owned off-street parking facility marked as a fire lane by the fire department or fire district holding jurisdiction over the area. Moreover no person shall stop, park or leave a vehicle unattended within 15 feet of a fire hydrant except when a licensed driver seated in the front seat can move the vehicle when required, if the local authority upon an ordinance reduce the distance or if the vehicle so standing, stopped or parked is owned and operated by a fire department and is marked so. In case the authorities reduce the distance between a fire hydrant and the vehicle to less than 10 feet when measured along the edge or curb of the street, such a distance should be indicated by signs or markings. http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22500_1.htm; http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22514.htm
6 Colorado Ordinance No. 7572, Section7-6-13 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in an area marked as a fire lane and when a fire hydrant is within 10 feet of the curb http://www.colocode.com/boulder2/chapter7-6.htm#section7_6_13
7 Delaware Title 21, Chapter 70, § 7001 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a place designated as a fire lane or in an area designated for a fire hydrant, sprinkler connection or standpipe except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://delcode.delaware.gov/title21/c070/index.shtml
8 Florida Section 316.1945 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.1945.html
9 Idaho Title 49 Chapter 6, 49-660 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title49/T49CH6SECT49-660.htm
10 Illinois 625 ILCS 5/11-1303 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh.+11+Art.+XIII&ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=118500000&SeqEnd=120200000
11 Indiana IC 9-21-16-5.5 (section a,b,c) No Person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle in a fire lane located on a property whether privately or publicly owned. A fire lane shall be marked with words 'No Parking Fire Lane', written in white and a 4 inch wide stripe in conformance with the Indiana MUTCD. Both the stripe and the words shall be positioned 12 feet from the curb, sidewalk or building. The words, "No Parking Fire Lane shall be placed between the stripe and the curb, sidewalk or building. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title9/ar21/ch16.html
12 Iowa Section 11- 101.9(2) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a way that hinders the access to a fire hydrants, emergency equipment or emergency vehicles. http://search.legis.state.ia.us/nxt/gateway.dll/ar/iac/0110___administrative%20services%20department%20__5b11__5d/1010___chapter%20101%20parking/_r_0110_1010_0090.xml?fn=document-frame.htm$f=templates$3.0
Iowa Code of Iowa - 321.236 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a fire lane or in a way that obstructs a fire hydrant, emergency equipment or vehicle. http://www.docstoc.com/docs/38028344/Chapter-10---Welcome-To-The-City-of-Oskaloosa
13 Kansas ORDINANCE NO. 031145, Sec. 70-538 No person shall stand, stop or park or cause to be placed or leave a vehicle in a fire lane except to prevent clash with other traffic or to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device http://cityclerk.kcmo.org/LiveWeb/Documents/Document.aspx?q=09dWK5pIUg1lhjXbT%2BmJSIuN5HAseENdiKtLpmzB9wcGScoPzS%2BEMBUt0Jmnsoi3
14 Kentucky 189.450 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/189-00/450.PDF
15 Louisiana RS 32:143 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=88071
16 Maine Section 674 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a place clearly designated as a fire lane, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted except to comply with the directions of a police officer, a traffic control device or to prevent clash with traffic. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(gyznvym5x1aan4qyaopiij55))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-300-1949-VI-STOPPING-STANDING-AND-PARKING.pdf
17 Maryland Section 42-4-1204 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/michie/
18 Massachusetts Chapter 89, Section 7A. No person shall park or leave a vehicle unattended within 800 feet of a fire or in a fire lane designated by the fire department. http://law.onecle.com/massachusetts/89/7A.html
19 Michigan Section 257.675 A local authority can, by passing an ordinance forbid parking on a highway or street to create a fire lane or to make way for heavy traffic during busy hours in the morning and afternoon. Privileges given to veterans and physically disabled persons under this subsection do not surpass the ordinance. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28d2iprpz32up1knesrod3kuv1%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-257-675&query=on&highlight=parking%20AND%20fire
20 Minnesota 169.34 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=169.34
21 Mississippi Section 63-3-913 No motor vehicle, except a vehicle responding to an emergency shall be parked in an area marked to give access to emergency vehicles. Unlawful parking or blocking such access shall result in a penalty for each violation. http://www.mscode.com/free/statutes/63/003/0913.htm
Mississippi Section 63-3-901 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.mscode.com/free/statutes/63/003/0901.htm
22 Missouri 300.440. 1 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c300-399/3000000440.htm
23 Montana 61-8-354 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/61/8/61-8-354.htm
24 Nebraska Section 10.06.120 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle too close to a fire hydrant or in such a way that obstructs a fire lane http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/council/agenda/2011/010311/116.pdf
25 Nevada NRS 484B.450 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-484B.html
26 New Hampshire 265:69 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XXI/265/265-69.htm
27 New Jersey Sec 13-5.2 Ord. No. 2248-05 § 2 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle or cause obstruction to a fire lane or fire zone. http://70.168.205.112/millburn_nj/lpext.dll/Infobase/millburn_c13.htm?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0
New Jersey 39:4-138 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://www.newjerseydwiattorney.com/lawyer-attorney-1389179.html
New Jersey - Princeton Sec. 8-5.18.1. No person shall stop, stand or park or leave unattended a motor vehicle in a fire lane or a fire zone. No person, corporation or firm shall construct or place any structure in a fire lane or fire zone that impairs the access of firefighters, fire apparatus or impairs use of an exit or exit discharge of a building. http://www.princetontwp.org/2006-30Firelanes.pdf
28 New Mexico 66-7-351 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2006/nmrc/jd_66-7-351-1863f.html
29 New York VAT Article 32 Section 1202 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=$$VAT1202$$@TXVAT01202+&LIST=SEA15+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=18015292+&TARGET=VIEW
30 North Carolina § 20-162 (b) No person shall stop, park or stand a vehicle, whether attended or unattended in a part of a public vehicular area, street, roadway or highway designated as a fire lane. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_20/GS_20-162.html
31 North Dakota 39-10-49 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t39c10.pdf
32 Ohio 4511.68 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511
33 Oklahoma title 47, Chapter 11, Sec 11-1003 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle close to a fire apparatus, within 30 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=82340
34 Oregon 503.3 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 15 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance. http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.550
35 Pennsylvania § 212.114 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle along the edge or a curb of a roadway in an area opposite or adjacent to a fire station driveway. http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/067/chapter212/subchapBtoc.html
Pennsylvania Chapter 33 Subchapter E § 3353 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/vehicle_code/chapter33.pdf
36 Rhode Island § 31-21-4 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 8 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-21/31-21-4.HTM
Rhode Island § 31-12-3 No person shall refuse or willfully fail to conform to law or directions of a police officer invested by law with the authority to control, direct or regulate traffic involving direction pertaining to fire lane parking violations in a property whether privately or publicly owned. http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/statutes/title31/31-12/31-12-3.HTM
37 South Carolina Ordinance 2008-23; § 18.303 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted, except to comply with the directions of a police officer, traffic control device or to prevent clash with traffic. http://library.municode.com/HTML/14597/level3/COOR_CH26TRMOVE_ARTIIIPASTST.html#COOR_CH26TRMOVE_ARTIIIPASTST_S26-79PASIVI
38 South Dakota 32-30-11.1. A municipality can, by passing an ordinance prohibit parking on a highway or street to create a fire lane or to make way for heavy traffic during morning and afternoon peak hours. Privileges given to persons with disability do not apply on streets or highways where parking is prohibited during any time. http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=32-30-11.1
South Dakota 32-30-6 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=32-30-6
39 Tennessee § 55-8-160 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 7½ to fifteen of a fire hydrant. An incorporated municipality must demarcate and identify the distance from a fire hydrant where a person can stop, stand or park a vehicle. http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/
40 Texas 684.011 No person shall leave a vehicle unattended that is in or obstructs a fire lane marked in accordance with Subsection C of Texas Transportation Code-Section 684.011. The sections states that if marking of a fire lane in a parking facility falls under the control of a governing authority, the fire lane in such a case shall be marked as per the regulation. If, however, a government regulation does not apply to marking of a fire lane in a parking facility, all curbs of fire lanes, then shall be painted red and marked with words' FIRE LANE-TOW AWAY ZONE' written in 3 inches tall white letters, at intervals not more than 50 feet. http://law.onecle.com/texas/transportation/684.011.00.html
Texas - Austin 503.3.1 All fire lanes and fire zones shall be designated as tow away zones. The owner and not the city shall be responsible for maintenance of fire lanes and fire zones on private property. The fire department shall keep an account of the location and designation of fire lanes and fire zones. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:madgaZrjuJEJ:www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id%3D139760+fire+lane+parking+code+site:www.ci.austin.tx.us&hl=en&gl=us
Texas - Austin 503.3.2 All fire lanes shall be marked and posted by the tenant or building owner with the use of signs, curb markings, pavement markings, or a combination of all three. The signs must be marked with 'FIRE LANE- NO PARKING written and bordered in red with a white background. The letters should be 12 inches wide and 18 inches high. Pavement markings must be made using white and red traffic paint. The boundaries of a fire lane must be marked with at least 6 inches wide red stripes and words 'FIRE LANE- NO PARKING'. Curb markings must be made with red traffic paint. The words 'FIRE LANE- NO PARKING' must appear in 4 inch wide letters. http://www.smrstriping.com/firelane.html
41 Utah 41-6a-1401 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE41/htm/41_06a140100.htm
42 Vermont § 1104 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 6 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullchapter.cfm?Title=23&Chapter=013
43 Virginia Section 102-222 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet, in front of or adjacent to a fire hydrant. Parking in a fire lane is also prohibited in the state of Virginia. All fire lanes must be clearly marked with approved signs that display words, ' NO PARKING FIRE LANE TOWING ENFORCED' with an arrow pointing towards the restricted area http://www.richmondgov.com/Parking/ParkingInformation.aspx http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/fire/fire-marshals-office/Documents/fire-lane-req.pdf
44 Washington RCW 46.61.570 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of such entrance when adequately sign-posted. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.570
45 West Virginia §17C-13-3 No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in a adequately designated fire lane. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVCODE/17c/code/WVC%2017%20C-%2013%20%20-%20%20%203%20%20.htm
46 Wisconsin 346.53(3) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant unless a greater distance is indicated by an official traffic sign. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/
Wisconsin 346.52(1)(g) No person shall stop, park or stand a vehicle attended or unattended whether temporarily or otherwise directly across the highway from a fire station entrance or within 15 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/
47 Wyoming 31-5-504 No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except to comply with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title31/T31CH5.htm
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