LAFD Security Gate Access Requirements

SECURITY GATES AND FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS
L.A.M.C. 57.503.4.2

PUBLIC STREETS, PRIVATE STREETS,
ACCESS ROADS AND FIRE LANES

PUBLIC STREETS

A right-of-way for public street purpose may not be closed by use of a security gate.  State Law prohibits the closure of Public Streets in a way that would allow only a select group the right of passage.

PRIVATE STREET, ACCESS ROADS AND FIRE LANES

When required for Fire Department access shall be maintained unobstructed and in good condition for vehicular usage at all times. The Fire Department may allow closure by approved security gates that comply with the following standards:

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SECURITY GATES

Gates shall not reduce the required roadway width to less than the minimum width required by the Fire Department ( 20 ft. free and clear, see attachment). Adequate stacking lane shall be provided based on the projected volume of traffic for the project.  The stacking lane is for visitor traffic waiting for permission to enter through gate, without blocking the cross street (see attachment).

MANUALLY OPERATED GATES

When closed and locked, manually operated gates shall be locked with a chain and padlock.  The chain shall be limited to 3/8 inch diameter non-case hardened metal links.  Multiple padlocks may be used as links of the chain.

POWER OPERATED GATES

Power operated gates shall be equipped with a Fire Department approved security gate override device.

SECURITY GATE OVERRIDE DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

The override device shall consist of the following:

1. FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS BOX

A weather proof metal box approximately 6 inches wide by 7 inches high. The front of the box shall consist of a hinged metal door with hasp for a padlock.  The box and the door shall be painted red.   FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS shall be painted on the front of the box with 1 inch high by 114 inch wide white letters.  The door shall be locked with a Fire Department padlock or with an expendable padlock which can be cut off with a small bolt cutter.

2. PLACEMENT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS BOX

The box shall be installed on a gate support pillar or post adjacent to the gate. The box must be visible to anyone approaching the gate at all times.

3. OVERRIDE OPERATION

Mounted within the box shall be a high quality two position toggle switch. Position one shall be for normal operation.  Position two shall be the override operation.  When the switch is in the override position, the gate or gates shall open and remain open until the switch is placed back in position for normal operation.

A Knox Company (L.A. City Fire Department approved) key operated two position switch or a spring operated switch inside the box which automatically moves to the override position when the box is opened, are acceptable alternatives.

4. TIMING OF OVERRIDE OPERATION

When the switch is moved to the override position, the gate/gates shall fully open within 1O seconds.

5. FAIL SAFE OPERATION REQUIREMENTS

In the event of a power failure, including battery back-up, the gate/gates shall automatically open, by spring tension or other non-electrical method, or the gate must be capable of being pushed open without additional steps having to be performed.

Diagram showing unobstructed 20 foot fire lanes with security gates, an approved stacking lane, and fire department access box location
 

Access Controls, Inc.
177 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA  91502

FAAC International, Inc.
1904 Lynngrove Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA  90266

Bradford Enterprises, Inc.
12420 Montague Street, Unit E
Pacoima, CA  91331

GateCo, The Gate Company of Santa Barbara
2101 Refugio Road
Goleta, CA  93117

City Welding & Iron Works
1408 E. Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90011

Gate Controls, Inc.
2334 E. 81   Street
Los Angeles, CA  90021

Court Security Systems, Inc.
16521 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA  91406

Gemini Construction and Security Company
7660 San Fernando Road
Sun Valley, CA  91352

Customline, Inc.
950 W. Cinega Avenue
DeRevere & Sons Electric Gate
P.O. Box 2642
Canyon Country, CA  91386
San Dimas, CA  91773

Gonzalez & Farago Enterprise, Inc.
2205 Lee Avenue, Unit A
S. El Monte, CA 91733

DeRevere & Sons Electric Gate
P.O. Box 2642
Canyon Country, CA  91386

Marina Electronics
9046 Lindblade Street
Culver City, CA  90230

Door King
120 Glasgow Avenue
Inglewood, CA  90301

Nationwide Security  System
3216 W. El Segundo
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Dorene Mfg., Inc.
10755 E. Artesia Blvd., #H,J,K
Cerritos, CA  90701-3674

Republic Fence Co., Inc.
11309 Danube Avenue
Granada Hills, CA  90021

Electronic Gate System Inc.
13719 Ventura Blvd., #C
Sherman Oaks, CA 91432

Rick's Gate Works
8723 Remmet Avenue
Canoga Park, CA  91304

Eli Industries
19015 Parthenia Street, #L
Northridge, CA  91324

Specialty Iron Works
12435 Foothill Blvd.
Sylmar, CA  91342

 

This list is not an endorsement.  Any gate company may be used as long as they have
received an approval letter from this office for an approved Security Gate Override
Device prior to installation of any gates.

Any questions concerning security gate installations may be directed to the Hydrant and
Access Unit at (213) 482-6543.

Minimum Gate Standards

Daigram of gate standard with 3 foot by 2 foot sign and 3/8 inch chain and los angeles fire department padlock

Guard Post Spacing

Diagram of 6 inch diameter guard posts a minimum 3 feet away from the hydrant and the hydrant at least 3 feet away from the building or fence.

Guard Post Spacing

Diagram showing 4 guard posts around a hydrant with all 4 at minimum of 3 feet away

Guard Post Detail

Diagram showing post in a 3 foot concrete footing and 18 inch diameter, 2 feet 6 inches above the pavement, and buried 2 to 9 feet below the ground.

  1. Guard posts are Schedule #40, 6' diameter steel pipes
  2. Concrete footing is 3' deep with an 18" diameter
  3. Post is exposed 2'-6' above pavement. With 2'-9' minimum bury.
  4. Observe 3'-0" clearance from hydrant.

Cul-De-Sac
Plan View


Diagram of cul-de-sac with 35 foot minimum radius

Standard Turning Area
(Plan View)


Hammerhead dead end with minimum dimensions

Minimum Turning Area
(Plan View)


Hammerhead dead end with minimum turning area dimensions

 

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