Mesa Ordinance 4552 (Public Safety CD Ordinance)
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What is Mesa Ordinance number 4552?
Ordinance 4552 was adopted by the Mesa City
Council on June 5th 2006 . This Ordinance
requires plans to be submitted on CD for all new
commercial structures and Tenant Improvements (TI's) to
existing commercial structures.
What are my files used for?
These files are used to assist public safety
personnel in response planning and emergency
response. Mesa uses a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
system and your files will be loaded into the CAD system so
emergency responders have instant access to as much
information as possible when responding to
emergencies in the City of Mesa. This not only
improves our preparedness and safety but also
reduces response time.
Why does Mesa need these files?
Traditionally Fire fighters have to go to each
building constructed in a municipality to document
things such as floor plans, roof loading, utility
entrance/shutoff and so forth. This is a time
consuming process usually requiring several visits
as construction progresses and once construction is
complete, this task can reduce crews availability to
respond to emergencies. By
requiring these files we are reducing the amount of
time Fire fighters are required to spend on site thus
ensuring that they are free for emergency response.
Who will have access to these files?
We understand the sensitivity concerning copy
rights and intellectual property and as such only
Public Safety personnel are given access to these
files. Once your CD is turned in to Building &
Safety it is logged in by a Permit tech and tracked
until it is delivered to the Fire dept. Your files are then kept in a
secure location only accessed by Fire dept. personnel.
This is to ensure that your files are not lost and
are not available for general access. Your files will
only be used by public safety operations by public
What file types are needed?
Due to the constraints of interoperability
between the different systems used all floor plans
must be submitted as a DWG file, other file types
will not be accepted.
What information is needed?
The information required falls into 3 categories
Floor Plan, Roof Plan and Site Plan.
- Floor Plan (Must be DWG)
- One plan for each building floor.
- All exterior and interior walls.
- All door locations (ingress/egress) throughout the building,
including roll up doors and roof hatch/doors.
- Stairs and elevator locations.
- Room/suite names and/or numbers.
- Utility shutoff locations (water, electric
- Special hazards and high-piled stock/racks,
- Fire department items shall include, but are
not limited to, standpipes, fire sprinkler
risers, alarm panels, fire department
connections, and Knox boxes.
- Roof Plan
(can be included in the Floor Plan file)
Roof loading such as A/C locations, layout and access (ladder/hatch locations).
- Site Plan
This includes parking lot, building numbers, parking garages, fire lanes and hydrants.
Can I use Xrefs and Attachments?
The ordinance requires that all external references
(Xrefs) and attachments be included on the CD. The
best practice is to make sure all Xrefs are "Bound"
and not to use any attachments. All Xrefs and
attachments relating to the floor plan must also be
in a DWG format, other formats will not be accepted.
Can I just submit my entire plan set?
We prefer that you only include the information
requested because a full plan set can potentially contain
hundreds of drawings most of which we don't use. Reviewing these files to find the required
information becomes time consuming and can
potentially extend the length of time required to approve the
If I do not submit a CD will I still get my
C of O?
This requirement will hold up issuance of your C of O so make sure you submit the CD as early in the
process as possible to avoid any inconvenience this
Where do I deliver my CD?
CD's should be turned in to the City of Mesa's Building
and Safety division at:
Building & Safety
55 N Center St.
Mesa, AZ. 85201
Can I have a copy of the ordinance for my own records?
Yes, the following link will take you to a copy you
can save or print for your records.
Fire Home Page
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