National Building Code of India (NBC)-Table 7 (Minimum requirement fire fighting services)

Type Of Building Occupancy

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Collapse RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (A)RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (A)
Collapse Lodging or Rooming HousesLodging or Rooming Houses
Collapse Less Than 15 mtrs in Height Less Than 15 mtrs in Height
Up to 15 rooms
More Than 15 and upto 30 rooms
More Than 30 rooms
One Or Two family Private Houses (see note 3)
Collapse Dormitories Apartment HousesDormitories Apartment Houses
Less than 15 m in height
15 m and above but not exceediing 35 in height
above 35 but not exceeding 45 m in height
above 45 but not exceeding 60 m in height
above 60 m in height
Collapse Hotels (A-5)Hotels (A-5)
Collapse Less Than 15 mtrs in HeightLess Than 15 mtrs in Height
Floor area not exceeding 300 sqm on any of the floor
Floor area exceeding 300 sqm but not more 1000 sqm on any of the floor
Floor area exceeding 1000 sqm on any of the floor
15 m and above but not exceeding 30 m
Above 30 m in height
Hotels (A-6)
Collapse EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS (B)EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS (B)
Collapse Less than 15 m in heightLess than 15 m in height
Ground plus one or more storeys
15 m and above but not exceeding 24 m in height
Above 24 m but not exceeding 30 m in height
Collapse INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS (C)INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS (C)
Collapse Hospitals, Sanatoria And Nursing Homes (C-1)Hospitals, Sanatoria And Nursing Homes (C-1)
Collapse Less than 15 m in height with plot area up to 1000 sqmLess than 15 m in height with plot area up to 1000 sqm
Up to ground plus one storey, with no beds
Up to ground plus one storey, with beds
Ground plus two or more storeys, with no beds
Ground plus two or more storeys, with beds
Less than 15 m in height with plot area more than 1000 sqm
15 m and above but not exceeding 24 m in height
Above 24 m and not exceeding 45 m in height
Collapse Custodial (C-2) and Penal and Mental (C-3)Custodial (C-2) and Penal and Mental (C-3)
Collapse Less than 10 m in heightLess than 10 m in height
Up to 300 persons
More than 300 persons
10 m and above but not exceeding 15 m in height
15 m and above but not exceeding 24 m in height
24 m and above but not exceeding 30 m in height
Collapse ASSEMBLY BUILDINGS (D)ASSEMBLY BUILDINGS (D)
Collapse Building (D-1 ton D-5)Building (D-1 ton D-5)
Collapse Less than 10 m in heightLess than 10 m in height
Up to 300 persons
More than 300 persons
Above 10 m but not exceeding 15 m in height
Above 15 m but not exceeding 24 m in height
Above 24 m but not exceeding 30 m in height
D-6
Collapse BUSINESS BUILDINGS (E)BUSINESS BUILDINGS (E)
Less than 10 m in height
Above 10 m but not exceeding 15 m in height
Above 15 m but not exceeding 24 m in height
Above 24 m but not exceeding 30 m in height
Above 30 m in height
Collapse MERCANTILE BUILDINGS (F)MERCANTILE BUILDINGS (F)
Collapse F-1 and F-2 (See Note 16)F-1 and F-2 (See Note 16)
Collapse Less than 15 m in heightLess than 15 m in height
Ground plus one storey, with total of all floor area not exceeding 500 sqm
Ground plus one storey, with total of all floor area exceeding 500 sqm
More than ground plus one storey
Above 15 m but not exceeding 24 m in height
Above 24 m but not exceeding 30 m in height
Underground shopping complex (F-3)
Collapse INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS (G) see note 17INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS (G) see note 17
Collapse Low Hazard (G-1) (see note 18)Low Hazard (G-1) (see note 18)
Covered area up to 100 sqm
Covered area more than 100 sqm and up to 500 sqm
Covered area more than 500 sqm (for building height up to 15 m)
Covered area more than 500 sqm (for building height above 15 m)
Collapse Moderate Hazard (G-2) (see note 18)Moderate Hazard (G-2) (see note 18)
Covered area up to 100 sqm
Covered area more than 100 sqm and up to 500 sqm
Covered area more than 500 sqm and up to 1000 sqm (for building height up to 15 m)
Covered area more than 500 sqm and up to 1000 sqm (for building height above 15 m)
Covered area more than 1000 sqm
Collapse High Hazard (G-3) (see note 19)High Hazard (G-3) (see note 19)
Covered area up to 50 sqm
Covered area more than 50 sqm and up to 150 sqm
Covered area more than 150 sqm and up to 300 sqm
Covered area more than 300 sqm and up to 500 sqm
Covered area more than 500 sqm
Collapse STORAGE BUILDINGS (H) see note 20STORAGE BUILDINGS (H) see note 20
Below 15 m in height and covered area less than 250 sqm
Collapse Below 15 m in height and covered area more than 250 sqmBelow 15 m in height and covered area more than 250 sqm
Ground floor only
Ground plus one floor
More than ground plus one floor
Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP)
Collapse HAZARDOUS BUILDINGS (J) see note 20HAZARDOUS BUILDINGS (J) see note 20
Collapse Up to 15 m in heightUp to 15 m in height
Single storey building
More than one floor building but not exceeding 15 m

Note *

  1. MOEFA A system shall also include talk-back system and public address system for the occupancies given in the table for (d) (1) (iii) under A-5, (a) (1) (iv) and (a) (2) under C-1, and (a) (2) under D-1 to D-5, in all buildings 15 m and above in height, except for A-3 and A-4 occupancies where these shall be provided for buildings of height 24 m and above. These shall also be provided in car parking area more than 300 m2 and in multi-level car parking irrespective of their areas.

  2. Automatic dectection and alarm system is not required to be provided in car parking area. Such detection system shall however be required in other areas of car parking such as electrical rooms, chabins and other areas.

  3. Buildings above 15 m in height are not to be permitted for occupancies A-1 and A-2.

  4. Required to be installed in basement, If ares of basement exceeds 200 m2.

  5. Required to be provided if ares of basement are exceeds 200 m2.

  6. Additional value given in parenthesis shall be added if basement are exceeds 2002.

  7. Required to be provided for building with more than two storeys (Ground + One).

  8. Required to be provided for building with height above 15 m and above.

  9. Sprinkles shall be fed water from both underground static water storage tank and terrace tank.

  10. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of one electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,280 litre/min and one electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  11. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of two electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,280 litre/min and two electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  12. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of two electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,850 litre/min and two electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  13. Lower levels in high rise buildings 60 m or above in height are likely to experience high pressure and therefore, it is recommended to consider multi-stage, multi-outlet pumps (creating pressure zones) or variable frequency drive pumps or any other equivalent arrangement.

  14. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of one electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 1,620 litre/min and one electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  15. Required to be provided for buildings with more than one storey.

  16. Buildings above 30 m in height not to be permitted for Group B, Group C, Group D and Group F occupancies.

  17. The requirements given in this table for Group G Industrial Buildings are for small scale industry units. For other industries the requirements will have to be worked out on the basis of relvant Indian Standerds and also in consultation with the local fire authorities.

  18. Buildings above 18 m in height not to be permitted for G-1 and G-2 occupancies.

  19. Buildings above 15 m in height not to be permitted for G-3 occupancies.

  20. Buildings above 15 m in height not to be permitted for Group H and Group J occupancies. However, buildings above 45 m in height shall not be permitted for multi-level car parking (MLCP) occupancy.

  21. Pump capacity shall be based on the covered area of the building.

  22. One set of pumps shall be provided for each 100 hydrants or part thereof, with a maximum of two sets. In case of more than one pump set installation, both pump sets shall be interconnected at their delivery headers.

  23. Alternative to provisions of additional sewt of pumps, the objective can be met by providing additional diesel pump of the same capacity and doubling the water tank capacity as required for one set of pumps.

  24. As per the requirement of local authority dry riser may be used in hilly areas, industrial areas or as required.

Type Of Building Occupancy

Note *

  1. MOEFA A system shall also include talk-back system and public address system for the occupancies given in the table for (d) (1) (iii) under A-5, (a) (1) (iv) and (a) (2) under C-1, and (a) (2) under D-1 to D-5, in all buildings 15 m and above in height, except for A-3 and A-4 occupancies where these shall be provided for buildings of height 24 m and above. These shall also be provided in car parking area more than 300 m2 and in multi-level car parking irrespective of their areas.

  2. Automatic dectection and alarm system is not required to be provided in car parking area. Such detection system shall however be required in other areas of car parking such as electrical rooms, chabins and other areas.

  3. Buildings above 15 m in height are not to be permitted for occupancies A-1 and A-2.

  4. Required to be installed in basement, If ares of basement exceeds 200 m2.

  5. Required to be provided if ares of basement are exceeds 200 m2.

  6. Additional value given in parenthesis shall be added if basement are exceeds 2002.

  7. Required to be provided for building with more than two storeys (Ground + One).

  8. Required to be provided for building with height above 15 m and above.

  9. Sprinkles shall be fed water from both underground static water storage tank and terrace tank.

  10. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of one electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,280 litre/min and one electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  11. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of two electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,280 litre/min and two electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  12. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of two electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 2,850 litre/min and two electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  13. Lower levels in high rise buildings 60 m or above in height are likely to experience high pressure and therefore, it is recommended to consider multi-stage, multi-outlet pumps (creating pressure zones) or variable frequency drive pumps or any other equivalent arrangement.

  14. Provide required number of sets of pumps each consisting of one electric and one diesel pump (stand by) of capacity 1,620 litre/min and one electric pump of capacity 180 litre/min.

  15. Required to be provided for buildings with more than one storey.

  16. Buildings above 30 m in height not to be permitted for Group B, Group C, Group D and Group F occupancies.

  17. The requirements given in this table for Group G Industrial Buildings are for small scale industry units. For other industries the requirements will have to be worked out on the basis of relvant Indian Standerds and also in consultation with the local fire authorities.

  18. Buildings above 18 m in height not to be permitted for G-1 and G-2 occupancies.

  19. Buildings above 15 m in height not to be permitted for G-3 occupancies.

  20. Buildings above 15 m in height not to be permitted for Group H and Group J occupancies. However, buildings above 45 m in height shall not be permitted for multi-level car parking (MLCP) occupancy.

  21. Pump capacity shall be based on the covered area of the building.

  22. One set of pumps shall be provided for each 100 hydrants or part thereof, with a maximum of two sets. In case of more than one pump set installation, both pump sets shall be interconnected at their delivery headers.

  23. Alternative to provisions of additional sewt of pumps, the objective can be met by providing additional diesel pump of the same capacity and doubling the water tank capacity as required for one set of pumps.

  24. As per the requirement of local authority dry riser may be used in hilly areas, industrial areas or as required.