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Posted on: May 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Business Owner Requirements Around Building, Fire and Life Safety

As businesses adapt to Phase I of reopening, Eugene Springfield Fire wants to remind business owners of a few requirements around building, fire and life safety.

Local restaurants and retailers will likely alter their buildings to help people better maintain physical distancing. While providing people enough room to remain six feet apart, it’s also critically important to know how many people will be allowed in your building while keeping all exits open, facilities accessible to and usable by people with physical disabilities, fire lanes clear, and sprinklers, alarms and extinguishers accessible.

People looking for information on these topics can call their city building department or Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal.

Determining Occupant Loads

  • Eugene:
    • Eugene Building & Permit Services: 541-682-5613
    • Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal’s Office: 541-682-5411
  • Springfield:
    • Development & Public Works Department – Building Permits: 541-726-3753
    • Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal’s Office: 541-682-5411


  • Exit doors and exit pathway widths are not allowed to be altered, disabled, physically blocked or made inaccessible (Patrons can be encouraged to use specific exits using signs or markings.)
  • In the event of an emergency, ALL exits must function as normal.

Business Interior

  • Fire Protection Systems (ex. fire sprinklers) must remain unobstructed.
  • The use of flammable material for separation of patrons is not allowed.

Business Exterior

  • Access to fire lanes, fire hydrants and fire department connections (FDC’s) must remain clear and free from obstructions.

We are here to help. We understand these are challenging times and businesses will be needing creative solutions to meet the safety of their patrons as well as the requirements set forth by the State.

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