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Driveway Gradients

Title 14, Division 1.5, Chapter 7, Subchapter 2, Article 1-5, 1273.03. Roadway Grades. The grade for all roads, streets, private lanes and driveways shall not exceed 16 percent.

Exceptions:

1. At elevations below 3000 feet, the gradient may be up to 20%, if areas of the driveway greater than 16% are paved with an all weather surface which will support a 40,000 lb. load, (pavement or asphalt). Where the 20% gradient is exceeded; the 2001 California Fire Code, Article 9, 902.2.1 exception # 2 will apply: "When access roads cannot be installed due to location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, the chief is authorized to require additional fire protection as specified in Section 1001.9. Section 1001.9 states: "where access for fire apparatus is unduly difficult, the chief is authorized to require additional safeguards". Additional safeguards are listed in Section 1001.9 and will be determined by the Local Fire Chief/Fire Marshal in the Fire District which the driveway is located.

2. At elevations of 3000 feet and above where the gradient exceeds 16%, the 2001 California Fire Code, Article 9, 902.2.1 exception # 2 will apply: "When access roads cannot be installed due to location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, the chief is authorized to require additional fire protection as specified in Section 1001.9. Section 1001.9 states: where access for fire apparatus is unduly difficult, the chief is authorized to require additional safeguards". Additional safeguards are listed in Section 1001.9 and will be determined by the Local Fire Chief/Fire Marshal in the Fire District which the driveway is located.

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