City Fire Lanes

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the City Commission, after listening to concerns of its citizens, voted to adopt an amended ordinance on Fire Lanes (by law, it will not take effect and be enforced until after its second reading and final approval scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019). Some key elements of the new law will be (new amendments are highlighted):

  • It will be illegal to stop, stand or park in a designated fire lane;
  • The fire chief will have the authority to designate fire lanes in private alleys or on private driveways in order to provide access for fire and emergency vehicles;
  • The owner will be required to post signs that read: “No Parking – Fire Lane”;
  • The fire chief may order curbs or the surface painted striped red at the expense of the owner of the property;
  • Any city fire officer, police officer or code enforcement officer may order the removal of motor vehicle in a designated fire zone and at the expense of the suspected violator; and
  • Any city police officer or code enforcement officer may issue a citation to the suspected violator; and
  • This will not apply to single family dwellings, two-family dwelling units/duplexes of any type or to any multi-family dwelling in existence as of July 1, 2019.; and
  • Any owner aggrieved by the decision of the fire chief may appeal the decision to the city manager.

A copy of the Ordinance is available for public review in the office of the City Clerk at City Hall during normal business hours.