​​​​Fire Code

The Phoenix Fire Code, based on the International Fire Code,  provides minimum fire and life safety standards for buildings, processes and fire protection equipment installations in the City of Phoenix. The Phoenix Fire Code is a companion code to the International Codes which were adopted by the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department establishing the construction requirements for all development in the City of Phoenix. 

2018 Phoenix Fire Code Amendment Process

The City of Phoenix is currently reviewing the 2018 International Fire code for adoption in early 2019.

The City of Phoenix encourages public involvement and an opportunity for stakeholders to be involved in the process.  Proposed Amendments are reviewed in the following order; Code Committee(s), Fire Safety Advisory Board (FSAB), Public Safety and Veteran's Affairs Subcommittee and the City Council.


To View 2018 International Codes

 https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes

2018 Proposed Fire Code Chapters with Amendments

Chapter 1 - Administration

Chapter 2 - Definitions

Chapter 3 - General Precautions

Chapter 4 - Emergency Planning

Chapter 5 - Fire Service Features

Chapter 6 - Building Services & Systems

Chapter 8 - Interior Finishes

Chapter 9 - Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10 - Means of Egress

Chapter 11 - Construction Requirements in Existing Buildings

Chapter 12 - Energy Systems

Chapter 20 - Aviation

Chapter 31 - Tents & Temp Event Structures

Chapter 32 - High Piled Storage

Chapter 34 - Tire Rebuilding Storage

Chapter 35 - Welding & Hot Work

Chapter 50 - Hazardous Materials

Chapter 53 - Compressed Gas

Chapter 55 - Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 56 - Explosives & Fireworks

Chapter 57 - Flammable & Combustible Liquids

Chapter 59 - Flammable Solids

Chapter 60 - Highly Toxic & Toxic Materials

Chapter 61 - Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Chapter 63 - Oxidizers

Chapter 80 - Referenced Standards

Chapter 81 - Fees

Appendix A Board of Appeals

Appendix B Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings

Appendix D Fire Department Details

Appendix N Indoor Trade Shows & Exhibits

Chapters 7, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 33, 36, 37, 51, 54, 58, 59, 62, 64, 65, 66 and 67 are all approved without amendments.

Policies to be adopted with Code:

105.4.1 Over the Counter Construction Permits

105.4.2.2 Life Safety Reports

307.2 Open Burning

308.3.2 Flame Performers

903.3.1.1.5 Shade Structures over Playground Equipment

903.4.1 Monitoring

904.3.5 NFPA 72 Authority Having Jurisdiction

905.1 Standpipes

907.5.2.1 Audibility Requirements

1103.5.1 Group A-2 Occupancy Sprinkler Retrofit

3503.3 Hot Work Program

5601.2 Explosives Storage & Use

Hazard Type Comparison Table

All comments and recommendations must be submitted by December 21, 2018.

To VIEW information on public hearings for Code Proposals

For questions regarding the code adoption process, or to submit a code amendment contact Fire Prevention at fireprevention.pfd@phoenix.gov


​2012 Phoenix Fire Code Policies & Regulations

Effective July 1, 2013 the current Phoenix Fire Code is based on the 2012 International Fire Code. Phoenix Fire Department has adopted updated versions of the NFPA Standards. For a list of currently adopted standards please refer to Phoenix Fire Code Chapter 80. 

Click here to view online as published.

Click here to purchase a downloadable pdf from International Code Council​.

Amendments to the Adopted 2012 Fire Code

Ordinance G-5898 Effective April 18, 2014


Regulations and Policies for the 2012 Fire Code

Policy 404 - Lock Down Procedures

Policy 901.6 & 7 - Impairment & Deficiency Reporting

Policy 907.5.2.1.1 - Audibility Levels

Regulation 202 Fire Apparatus Access Roads

Regulation 5307.4.1 Compressed Gas Venting

Regulation 5601.3 Fireworks

Regulation 5704.2.7 Storage Tank Maximum Height

Regulation 80 Referenced Standards


Details for 2012 Phoenix Fire Code - Appendix D

Phoenix Thread Detail

Turnaround Detail

Turning Radius Detail

EMS Road Turning Radius Detail


Tarver Sprinkler Ordinance

In 2001 Phoenix Firefighter Bret Tarver died in a building that had no automatic fire sprinklers.  That loss inspired Phoenix be more proactive in sprinkler requirements and the resulting action was the creation of the Bret Tarver Sprinkler Ordinance, Section 903.1 Phoenix Fire Code. ​