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Fire Lane Signs

What are they?

Fire LaneFire lanes are designated areas on private property where signs are installed to strictly prohibit parking.

Why do we have them?

Overall public safety is the basis upon which fire lanes are established. Fire Lanes are required to ensure that emergency response teams and vehicles have unimpeded access to a building or its property to minimize the chance of injury, loss of life, and property damage in the event of an emergency.

Where do we have them?

Pursuant to the National Building Code, The Fire Marshall's office determines which sides of buildings, parking areas and travel lanes must be kept clear of parked vehicles. Any potential parking areas along the emergency vehicle access route are reported to the local Traffic Authority who, pursuant to the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, authorizes appropriate signs to be installed.

What are the issues?

  • The Fire Marshall determines which areas are to be designated as fire lanes. The Traffic Authority gives approval for appropriate signs to be installed. The property owner must pay for the signs and the associated installation costs. New developments may be required to have fire lanes established prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. The property owner and the Traffic Authority enter into a Fire Lane Agreement governing the purchase, installation, and maintenance of the signs. Parking enforcement personnel monitor the fire lanes similar to on-street parking control.
  • Offending vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed away at the owners expense.