Fire Bylaw 11312
The Fire Bylaw regulates fire safety in homes and communities.
On this page, read a summary of regulations about:
- Assembly or establishment occupancy limits
- False fire alarms
- Fire and exit doors
- Fire protection systems
- Flammable and combustible liquids
- Smoke alarms
- Underground storage tanks
For details, refer to the Fire Bylaw, Division B, Article 22.214.171.124.
For your safety, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services enforces a limit on the number of people who may assemble in the same premises, and for any establishment that serves licensed beverages.
The limit to the number of occupants is determined by factors related to the floor layout, width of exits, furniture arrangements, and lighting. For your convenience, download and complete the Occupancy Load Regulations and Calculation package below.
A false alarm is when:
- A fire alarm system, security system, or similar system that's designed to notify the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service of a fire or emergency is activated,
- VF&RS is notified directly or indirectly,
- VF&RS attends, and
- There is no evidence of a fire or emergency.
In most instances, false alarms are caused by alarm testing, mechanical failure, atmospheric conditions, or mischief.
Other than mischief calls, VF&RS will charge a $200 service fee for attending the third and subsequent false fire alarm occurring in one calendar year.
- Fire and exit doors shall be equipped with self closing devices.
- Fire and exit doors shall properly close and latch.
- Fire and exit doors shall not be locked to prevent exit.
- Fire doors shall be properly labelled in capital letters a minimum of 6 mm in height. Use the text: FIRE DOOR - KEEP CLOSED
- Suite doors shall be equipped with self closing devices and shall properly close and latch.
- No wedges, blocks, or other devices are permitted to hold doors open. Magnetic hold open devices (with permit) are allowed.