SITE PLAN SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
BASED ON BOARD APPROVAL ON 24 MAY 2016 AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH A.R.S. 48.805 B.13, THE PINE STRAWBERRY FIRE DISTRICT WILL BE IMPOSING A PLANS REVIEW/USER CHARGE. THE FEES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS AND WILL TAKE EFFECT 1 JULY 2016.
· LIVABLE UNDER ROOF SQUARE FOOTAGE INCLUDING ATTACHED GARAGES AND CARPORTS: $.24 PER SQUARE FOOT
· MANUFACTURED HOUSING: $.18 PER SQUARE FOOT
· DECKS, COVERED PATIOS, DETACHED CARPORTS AND AWNINGS: $.12 PER SQUARE FOOT
· DETACHED GARAGES, BARNS, SHEDS, ETC.:
$ .18 PER SQUARE FOOT
· ANY REVIEWS THAT ADD SQUARE FOOTAGE:
· CONSULTING FEE, FIRST HOUR NO CHARGE, ALL HOURS AFTER ARE: $42.00 PER HOUR.
· RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL RATES ARE THE SAME.
· CONSTRUCTION WHICH DOES NOT INCREASE SQUARE FOOTAGE (IE: DECK REPLACEMENTS) ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
· PAYMENT MUST BE BY CHECK, MONEY ORDER, OR CASHIER’S CHECK. WE CANNOT ACCEPT CASH OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.
WHILE EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO RETURN PLANS QUICKLY, PLEASE ALLOW UP TO FIVE BUSINESS DAYS FOR APPROVALS.
THERE IS CURRENTLY NO REQUIREMENT FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS (IE: SPRINKLERS) FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION. HOWEVER, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ANY STRUCTURE OVER 3600 SQUARE FEET BE EQUIPPED WITH AN NFPA 13D RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER SYSTEM. NFPA 13D IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW VIA THE LINK BELOW. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE SPRINKLER MYTHS AND FACTS SECTION BELOW, EVEN IF YOUR HOUSE IS UNDER 3600 SQUARE FEET.
PARCEL NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING (928) 472-7973 OR BY VISITING THE LINK BELOW.
FOR NEW ADDRESSES, CONTACT GILA COUNTY RURAL ADDRESSING AT (928) 402-8515 OR (800) 304-4452 EXT. 8515.
IF ANY PORTION OF THE NEW CONSTRUCTION IS MORE THAN 150 FEET FROM THE FIRE ACCESS ROADS, THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO THE DRIVEWAY:
1. MINIMUM OF 14 FOOT WIDE ALL-WEATHER ACCESS ROAD CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING 25 TONS
2. GRADE NOT TO EXCEED 15%
3. VERTICAL CLEARANCE OF NO LESS THAN 13 FEET, 6 INCHES
4. BRIDGES AND CULVERTS MUST SUPPORT 25 TONS.
GILA COUNTY HAS ENACTED RESTRICTIONS ON THE BUILDING OF OUTBUILDINGS IN FRONT OF EXISTING RESIDENCES. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU CONTACT GILA COUNTY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AT (928) 474-9276 OR AT 608 E. HWY 260 PAYSON, AZ 85541 TO DETERMINE IF YOU WILL NEED A VARIANCE PRIOR TO SUBMITTING PLANS TO THE PINE STRAWBERRY FIRE DISTRICT IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES.
GILA COUNTY DOES NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT FOR ONE-STORY OUTBUILDINGS UNDER 200 SQUARE FEET UNLESS THEY WILL HAVE ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, OR MECHANICAL. THEY DO REQUIRE A $25 SITE PLAN FEE. CONTACT GILA COUNTY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AT (928) 474-9276 OR AT 608 E. HWY 260 PAYSON, AZ 85541 FOR FURTHER DETAILS. THE PINE-STRAWBERRY FIRE DISTRICT DOES NOT REQUIRE PLANS APPROVALS FOR THESE STRUCTURES, SO NO SUBMISSION TO US IS NECESSARY.
THERE MAY BE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION.
AN ADDITIONAL SET OF PLANS MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS SO WE CAN RETAIN A COPY. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR CLARIFICATION ON YOUR SPECIFIC PROJECT.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CHECK OUT THE FAQ'S SECTION BELOW, OR FEEL FREE TO EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL 928-476-4272 AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH THE FIRE MARSHAL REGARDING PLANS REVIEW. WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL AS SOON AS ONE OF US IS AVAILABLE.
Please use the Checklist below, which is a fillable PDF. Plans can be submitted either by emailing them in PDF format, along with a completed checklist, to email@example.com, or by dropping them off at the Pine-Strawberry Fire District Administration Office, located at 3741 North Prince Drive; Pine (Directly north of Pine Station 41). Click the link below for a map.
As of April 15th, 2021, the Pine-Strawberry Fire District has adopted the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC). The original code can be viewed by clicking the link below. The download below contains the adoption language and amendments. Also below is the State Fire Marshal approval letter.
Sprinklers are extremely cost prohibitive.
An NFPA 13D residential sprinkler system is actually not as expensive as you might think. Estimates from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as recently as 2016 are that sprinkler systems can be installed for as little as $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, while average cost per square foot for construction in Arizona, per Home Advisor, is $100-$200. Another Home Advisor search shows that the average cost for a sprinkler system in Arizona is $382, while the average cost of overall construction is $433,752. Additionally, some insurance companies may lower rates for homes with sprinklers.
When one sprinkler goes off, they all go off, causing water damage throughout the house any time I burn my toast.
Unlike smoke alarms and detectors, sprinklers are not activated by smoke at all, so burning your toast probably won't get you all wet. Sprinklers are activated by heat, sufficiently high to avoid false activations, and activate individually. That means that if one sprinkler knocks down the fire, the others do not activate. Most fires are extinguished by one or two sprinkler heads.
But, even so, that is a lot of water damage.
Yes, a sprinkler activation can cause water damage, but it will be localized to the area of the fire. The damage from a fire which could have been knocked down by a sprinkler will be much greater. In addition, we fight fire with water-a LOT of water. Our attack lines generate enough force to rip sheet rock off of walls. A sprinkler head probably won't even damage your paint. And, once we are on scene and are sure we have the fire controlled, we turn off the sprinkler system or wedge the individual sprinklers shut.
Pine and Strawberry are too cold for sprinkler systems in the winter, and I don't ever go to my cabin in the winter. The system will freeze and break, and I won't even know it.
There is a possibility of a sprinkler system freezing if unattended in a cold house. There are many ways to avoid this. Antifreeze, of the type we use in our cars, is currently prohibited as it is flammable. However, a new UL listed product will be available in 2022. Alternative types of systems can also be used, such as dry systems. Dry systems maintain pressure with air until a sprinkler activates. Then the system floods with water and sends it out through the sprinkler. Other alternatives include insulating or heating the pipe or installing it in warm locations. Finally, the 2018 IFC allows residential sprinkler systems in unoccupied structures in freezing environments to be drained and winterized.
Sprinklers are ugly.
There are a number of sprinkler styles on the market now which are easily concealed and won't detract from the beauty of your new home. Consult with a contractor, and you may be surprised.
Sprinklers are designed for property protection and not life safety. Besides, my smoke alarm will protect my life.
NFPA 13D sprinkler systems are actually designed for the express purpose of life safety as a cheaper alternative than other types of systems to keep people safe in their homes. A pleasant side benefit is that the sprinklers usually put out the fire, protecting the property as well. Smoke detectors are vitally important, as well, but they only give you warning that there is a fire. Sprinklers hold the fire at bay so you can actually escape.
This link has information on cost, myths, and statistics on the effectiveness of sprinklers.
This link has more information on the cost and myths surrounding sprinklers from the NFPA, recognized as the national leader in production of fire safety standards.
This link has more information on cost and is searchable by Zip Code. It can even link you to contractors for estimates.
This link will allow you to compare the cost of a sprinkler system with the potential cost of overall construction.
This link addresses some more myths about sprinklers.
This link addresses freeze avoidance in sprinkler systems and has a link to learn more about the new approved antifreeze.
Our primary concern is fire apparatus access. Our attack lines are 200 feet long, so we require certain road and driveway clearances to allow us to get within 150 feet of any new construction. That still leaves us 50 feet of hose to attack the fire.
We also approve and inspect any fire suppression systems (ie: sprinklers, commercial hood systems). Additionally, we try to confirm proper addressing.
Finally, we do look through the rest of the plans for other life and fire safety concerns.
The county tax rolls are one to two years behind. This means that the fire district does not receive any money from the new construction for quite some time. However, we are still providing fire and medical services during that lag time. The fee offsets the cost of that protection.
You will receive your stamped plans, a data sheet with fee breakdown and other data, and a letter for the county explaining that we have approved the plans, along with any stipulations.
Gila County has the lowest percentage of privately owned land in Arizona: 0.034628%. The next lowest is La Paz County with 0.052332%. Compare that to the highest percentage of private land ownership, Cochise County with 0.398193%. The end result is that with fewer taxable parcels, each taxpayer has to pay more for commensurate service.