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Building Plan Review

The California Health and Safety Code Section 17962 establishes the requirement for the Fire District to enforce the provisions of the Building Standards Code on all occupancies throughout our district. The 2013 California Fire Code is Part 9 of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24.

What is looked for during the Plan Review Process?

One area of the plan review processes looks at adherence to Part III, of the 2013 CFC. Part III deals with Building and Equipment Design Features. In addition to Part III, Appendix B, C and D are also used to determine fire department access and the required distance to a fire hydrant capable of providing the required fire flow based on the construction type and use of the structure. For example: a 3,601 square foot structure built with Type-V, light-weight, combustible, non-rated construction, would require a fire-flow of 1,750 gallons per minute for a duration of 2-hours from a fire hydrant located no further than 250 feet from the property on a through street or 200 feet on a dead end street.

What are my Options?

If the South Tahoe Public Utility District water distribution system is unable to provide the required fire flow, there are two options for a property developer. The first option is for the developer to upgrade the water system’s infrastructure. In most cases this would involve a substantial expenditure and project delay with the required regulatory and environmental approvals needed. The second option is to install an approved automatic sprinkler system throughout the structure therefore reducing the required fire flows and precluding the requirement to upgrade the water distribution system.

What is the Plan Review Process?

As of April 1st, 2015 Lake Valley Fire Protection District will discontinue receiving residential building plans and residential fire sprinkler plans at our office. Residential building and sprinkler plans will be submitted to the El Dorado County Community Development Agency & Building Services for review.

Exceptions:

LVFPD shall continue to review plans for:

  • All Substantial remodels greater than 3,600 square feet.
  • New residential structures in rural areas outside of South Tahoe Public Utility District water purveyor grid (including Fallen Leaf Lake), that may require underground water storage tanks.
  • All commercial plan reviews, commercial tenant improvements and commercial fire sprinkler system plan reviews.
  • All Multi-residential building and sprinkler plan reviews.
  • All Fire Alarm systems.
  • Type I Hood and Duct with UL 300 engineered fire suppression systems.

LVFPD shall continue to complete inspections for:

  • New residential structures in rural areas outside of South Tahoe Public Utility District water purveyor grid (including Fallen Leaf Lake), that may require underground water storage tanks.
  • All commercial, commercial tenant improvements and commercial fire sprinkler systems.
  • All Multi-residential building and sprinkler systems.
  • All Fire Alarm systems.
  • Type I Hood and Duct with UL 300 engineered fire suppression systems.
  • All fire department residential & commercial final inspections.

LVFPD shall continue to provide hydrant flow information to sprinkler designers/contractors to  include: static pressure, residual pressure and GPM flow at 20psi. If the information is not known,

For More Information Contact:

John Poell
Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal
(530)-577-3737

Kileigh Labrado
Administrative Assistant
(530)-577-3737

Or Visit:
District Headquarters
Lake Valley Fire Station 7
2211 Keetak St.
So. Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150