Fire and Related Ordinances

Chapter 93 - Fire Prevention - Fire Code Amendments

The City of Troy has adopted the International Fire Code - 2012 (IFC) as its local fire prevention ordinance. The City of Troy has made amendments throughout the code to address specific issues pertaining to fire and life safety at the local level. These amendments precede the section of the IFC to which they refer.

Chapter 93 - Occupancy Permit

Section 105.8 of the Ordinance addresses business occupancy requirements. Under certain circumstances, the City of Troy requires businesses that move in to existing buildings to obtain a permit from the fire department prior to occupancy.

Section 105.8.1 thru 105.8.5 addresses the following:

  • Who needs to apply for an occupancy permit
  • What information is to be submitted with the application
  • Site and building preparation requirements prior to occupancy

Chapter 93 - Open Burning

Section 307 of the Ordinance addresses open burning, or outdoor burning, within the City of Troy. Open burning is allowed provided certain criteria are met. The Fire Prevention Code specifically addresses:

  • Size limitations for approved fires
  • Approved / Unapproved fuels
  • Location of approved burning areas
  • Attendance requirements

Bonfires are those fires larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Bonfires require approval from City Council. Sufficient time should be allowed to be placed on the Council agenda for discussion and approval. Questions regarding bonfire approval can be directed to the Fire Prevention Division at 248.524.3419, during normal business hours. Click here for the Open Burning Summary - a Resident's Guide to Opening Burning.

Chapter 103 - Alarm Ordinance

The purpose of this Ordinance is to provide a registration and permit process, with appropriate regulations to facilitate the reduction of false alarm activations; to establish procedures for administration of the ordinance; and to advance the disciplined use and maintenance of alarm systems. This link references not only fire alarms, but security and medical alarm systems as well. Questions regarding fire alarm registrations can be directed to the Fire prevention Division at 248.524.3419 during normal business hours.

Chapter 106 - Fire Lanes

This purpose of this Ordinance is to provide regulations concerning street and traffic regulations, including fire lane requirements, within the City of Troy. This section of Chapter 106 addresses:

  • Fire lane width
  • Fire lane signage requirements
  • Site plan requirements for locating fire lanes

Chapter 2 - Address Numbering and Street Naming

This Ordinance provides a system for numbering buildings and structures fronting on all public and private streets within the City of Troy. All buildings and structures are numbered in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. This link references the entire ordinance as it establishes base lines and sets criteria for numbering all buildings or structures within the City of Troy and:

  • Attempts to conform to the numbering system of our neighboring communities where common streets form boundary lines
  • Identifies size, type and location of numbers with respect to commercial vs. residential buildings

Did You Know?

  • Troy is the largest fire department in Oakland County and the largest volunteer/combination fire department in Michigan.
  • Troy's Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 3 places it in the top 3.4% of communities nation-wide.
  • FEMA has a new App for weather alerts, disaster safety tips, and an interactive emergency checklist. The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.
  • The Troy Fire Department has a "Safety Committee" comprised of select career staff members and representative fire fighters from each of the six stations. This committee meets to research, evaluate, and recommend new equipment purchases including personal protective equipment, tools, hose, and apparatus. This process helps ensure fire fighters will have the necessary equipment to meet our profession's ever changing needs.
  • The Troy Fire Department has a "Technology Committee" comprised of select career staff members and representative fire fighters from each of the six stations. This committee meets to research, evaluate, and recommend technology upgrades including hardware and software applications. This process helps ensure the department equips its fire fighters with the latest technology to enhance safety and efficiency.
  • The Troy Fire Department hosts a career Exploring program through the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1996 the Post has performed many community service projects and continues to receive ongoing training from Fire Department members.