Chapter 10.12
FIRE LANES – VEHICLE OBSTRUCTION AND IMPOUNDMENT

Sections:

10.12.010    Establishment of fire lanes.

10.12.020    Definition of fire lanes.

10.12.030    Marking of fire lanes.

10.12.040    Obstruction of fire lanes prohibited.

10.12.050    Alternate materials and methods.

10.12.060    Exemption to sign requirements/ existing fire lane signs and markings.

10.12.070    Maintenance.

10.12.080    Repealed.

10.12.090    Property owner responsibility.

10.12.100    Violation – Infraction – Penalty.

10.12.110    Impoundment.

10.12.010 Establishment of fire lanes.

Fire lanes in conformance with this code shall be established by the Building Official for the City, or his or her duly authorized representative, and in conjunction with the Fire Code Official. These lanes shall be referred to as “designated fire lanes” in this title. (Ord. 665 § 1, 2018; Ord. 93 § 14, 1994)

10.12.020 Definition of fire lanes.

The area within any public right-of-way, easement or private property designated for fire trucks and other fire fighting or emergency equipment to use, travel upon and/or park. (Ord. 93 § 14(A), 1994)

10.12.030 Marking of fire lanes.

(1) All designated fire lanes to be marked from this date forward shall be clearly marked in one of the following manners described in subsection (1)(a) of this section and one of the manners described in subsection (1)(b) of this section:

(a) Painted Curb or Road Surface.

(i) Vertical curbs six inches in height shall be painted yellow on the top and side, extending the length of the designated fire lane; or

(ii) Rolled curbs or surfaces without curbs shall have a yellow six-inch-wide stripe painted, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

(b) Marking Adjacent to Painted Curb or Road Surface, or Signage.

(i) The pavement adjacent to the painted curb or road surface required by subsection (1)(a) of this section shall be marked with block lettering a minimum of 18 inches in height and with a three-inch brush stroke reading: “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE.” Lettering shall be yellow and spaced at no more than 50-foot intervals; or

(ii) Fire lane signs which shall be as follows:

(A) Comply with Section D103.6, Signs, of Appendix D of the International Fire Code, as adopted in Chapter 21.62 WMC;

(B) Spaced no more than 50 feet apart, or up to 75 feet apart upon individual approval by the Fire Code Official, and posted on or immediately next to the curb or side of the road;

(C) Placed at a height that conforms with the City of Woodinville’s Transportation and Infrastructure Standards and Specifications, as they may be adopted or amended from time to time;

(D) Signs may be placed on a building when approved by the Fire Code Official;

(E) When posts are required for signs, they shall be a minimum of two-inch galvanized steel; and

(F) Signs are to be placed so they face the direction of vehicular travel. (Ord. 705 § 1, 2020; Ord. 665 § 2, 2018; Ord. 468 § 1, 2008; Ord. 93 § 14(B), 1994)

10.12.040 Obstruction of fire lanes prohibited.

The obstruction of a designated fire lane by a parked vehicle or any other object is prohibited and shall constitute a traffic and fire hazard as defined in State law and the Fire Code adopted in Chapter 21.62 WMC and be an immediate hazard to life and property. (Ord. 705 § 2, 2020; Ord. 93 § 14(C), 1994)

10.12.050 Alternate materials and methods.

The Building Official, in coordination with the Fire Code Official, may modify any of the provisions herein, where practical difficulties may exist. The particulars of a modification shall be decided by the Building Official and shall be entered into the records of the Fire Department, local Police Agency and the Building Department. (Ord. 665 § 3, 2018; Ord. 93 § 14(D), 1994)

10.12.060 Exemption to sign requirements/ existing fire lane signs and markings.

(1) Previously existing signs posted prior to this date, will be allowed to remain until there is a need for replacement. When replaced, the new sign must then meet the requirements as set forth in this chapter.

(2) Previously existing markings will be allowed to remain until there is a need for repainting. When repainted, the new markings must then meet the requirements as set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 93 § 14(E), 1994)

10.12.070 Maintenance.

Fire lane markings shall be maintained at the expense of the property owner(s) as often as is deemed necessary to clearly identify the designated area as a fire lane. (Ord. 93 § 14(F), 1994)

10.12.080 Towing notification.

Repealed by Ord. 665. (Ord. 93 § 14(G), 1994)

10.12.090 Property owner responsibility.

The owner, manager, or person in charge of any property upon which designated fire lanes have been established, shall be responsible for, and not allow, vehicles or other objects to park in such fire lanes. (Ord. 93 § 14(H), 1994)

10.12.100 Violation – Infraction – Penalty.

(1) Any person who fails to mark or maintain the marking of a designated fire lane as prescribed in this title is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine of the amount set forth in IRLJ 6.2(b) as incorporated by reference herein, including any future amendments.

(2) Any person who parks a vehicle in or obstructs a designated fire lane in violation of this chapter is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine of $213.00.

(3) Any owner, manager, or person in charge of any property upon which designated fire lanes have been established who allows vehicles or other objects to park in such fire lanes in violation of this chapter is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine of $213.00. (Ord. 663 § 8, 2018; Ord. 93 § 14(I), 1994)

10.12.110 Impoundment.

Any vehicle or object obstructing a designated fire lane is hereby declared a traffic and fire hazard and may be immediately impounded pursuant to the applicable State law, and the Fire Code adopted in Chapter 21.62 WMC, without prior notification to its owner. Also, pursuant to State law, the owner may be held responsible for all impound fees. (Ord. 705 § 3, 2020; Ord. 93 § 14(J), 1994)