Requirements by Type

When is my building required to have a plan and how often are we required to practice a drill?

The City of Scottsdale Fire Department requires certain occupancies to have prepared and maintained Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans as directed by the International Fire Code.

If you have any questions about your Fire Evacuation Plan or Fire Safety Plan, or would like the City of Scottsdale Fire Department to come and evaluate your Evacuation Drill please call us at 480-312-1855.

Group A – Buildings used for the gathering of persons for the purposes of civic, social or religious functions; recreation, food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation; other than occupancies used exclusively for purposes of religious worship that have an occupant load less than 2,000. Including but not limited to: Theaters, Nightclubs, Bowling Alleys, Libraries, Museums, or Stadiums. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled quarterly.

Group B – Buildings used for office, professional or service-type transactions, including storage of records and accounts when the building occupancy is 500 or more, or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit discharge. Including but not limited to: Two or more story office building with more than 100 people working on the second or higher floor. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled annually.

Group E – Buildings with 6 or more people at any one time for educational purposes from age 2 ½ through the 12th grade. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled monthly.

Group H – Buildings and structures that involve the manufacturing, processing, generation or storage of materials that constitute a physical or health hazard in quantities in excess of the quantities allowed in controlled areas. Including but not limited to any building that is used as an auto repair shop, pool supply shop, or semiconductor manufacturing.

Group I – Buildings in which people are cared for or live in a supervised environment and have physical limitations because of health or age, are harbored for medical treatment or other care or treatment, or in which people are detained for penal or correctional purposes or in which the liberty of the occupants is restricted. Including but not limited to: Hospitals, Alcohol and Drug centers, Assisted Living facilities, Nursing homes, Mental hospitals, Correctional Centers, Jails, both Adult and Child Day Care facilities. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled quarterly on each shift.

Group R-1 – Residential occupancies containing sleeping units where the occupants are primarily transient in nature. Including but not limited to: Hotels, Motels, and Boarding Houses. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled quarterly on each shift.

Group R-2 – College and University Buildings containing sleeping units or more that two dwelling units, where the occupants are primarily permanent in nature. Including but not limited to: Dormitories, Fraternities and Sororities, Convents, Monasteries.

Group R-4 – Buildings arranged for occupancy as residential care/assisted living facilities including more than five but no more than 16 occupants, excluding staff. This is to include complete evacuation of the premises. Where occupants receive habilitation or rehabilitation training, fire prevention and fire safety practices shall be included as part of the training program. Evacuation Drills are to be scheduled quarterly on each shift.

High-rise buildings – Any building, regardless of group, that is 75 feet or taller or 5 or more stories.

Group M – Buildings and structures or a portion thereof, for the display and sale of merchandise, and involves stocks of goods, wares or merchandise incidental to such purposes and accessible to the public. Including but not limited to: department stores, markets, sales rooms, retail or wholesale stores.

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