International Building Code Section 912


International Building Code 912.1

Installation. Fire department connections shall be
installed in accordance with the NFPA standard applicable to
the system design and shall comply with Sections 912.2
through 912.5.

International Building Code 912.2

Location. With respect to hydrants, driveways,
buildings and landscaping, fire department connections shall
be so located that fire apparatus and hose connected to supply
the system will not obstruct access to the buildings for other fire
apparatus. The location of fire department connections shall be
approved.

Visible location. Fire department connections
shall be located on the street side of buildings, fully visible
and recognizable from the street or nearest point of fire
department vehicle access or as otherwise approved by the
fire code official.

Existing buildings. On existing buildings,
wherever the fire department connection is not visible to
approaching fire apparatus, the fire department connection
shall be indicated by an approved sign mounted on the street
front or on the side of the building. Such sign shall have the
letters “FDC” at least 6 inches (152 mm) high and words in
letters at least 2 inches (51 mm) high or an arrow to indicate
the location. All such signs shall be subject to the approval
of the fire code official.

International Building Code 912.2.1

Visible location. Fire department connections
shall be located on the street side of buildings, fully visible
and recognizable from the street or nearest point of fire
department vehicle access or as otherwise approved by the
fire code official.

International Building Code 912.2.2

Existing buildings. On existing buildings,
wherever the fire department connection is not visible to
approaching fire apparatus, the fire department connection
shall be indicated by an approved sign mounted on the street
front or on the side of the building. Such sign shall have the
letters “FDC” at least 6 inches (152 mm) high and words in
letters at least 2 inches (51 mm) high or an arrow to indicate
the location. All such signs shall be subject to the approval
of the fire code official.

International Building Code 912.3

Access. Immediate access to fire department connections
shall be maintained at all times and without obstruction
by fences, bushes, trees, walls or any other object for a minimum
of 3 feet (914 mm).

Locking fire department connection caps.
The fire code official is authorized to require locking caps
on fire department connections for water-based fire protection
systems where the responding fire department carries
appropriate key wrenches for removal.

International Building Code 912.3.1

Locking fire department connection caps.
The fire code official is authorized to require locking caps
on fire department connections for water-based fire protection
systems where the responding fire department carries
appropriate key wrenches for removal.

International Building Code 912.4

Signs. A metal sign with raised letters at least 1 inch
(25 mm) in size shall be mounted on all fire department connections
serving automatic sprinklers, standpipes or fire pump
connections. Such signs shall read: AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS,
STANDPIPES or TEST CONNECTION, or a combination
thereof as applicable.

International Building Code 912.5

Backflow protection. The potable water supply to
automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems shall be protected
against backflow as required by the International Plumbing
Code.