A new laneway suite requires emergency access as per the Ontario Building Code and requirements as set out by Toronto Fire & Emergency Services.
See OBC Div. B. 220.127.116.11 for reference
A path of travel for fire and emergency access must be provided to the entry of a laneway suite. This path of travel may be provided on the subject property or through the lane. The width, height and length requirements for this access path are as follows:
A level and unobstructed path of travel for firefighter and emergency access must be provided to the entry of the laneway suite. This path of travel must be at least 1.0 metre wide by 2.1 metres high.
Access on the Subject Property – When providing the path of travel for fire fighter access on the subject property, the path of travel must not be more than 45 metres in length measured from the public street to the entry of the laneway suite. A fire hydrant must also be located within 45 metres of where a firefighting vehicle would park in front of the subject property.
When providing the path of travel for firefighting access through the lane, the path of travel must not be more than 45 metres in length measured from the street at the end of the lane to the entrance of the laneway suite. A fire hydrant must also be located within 45 metres of where a firefighting vehicle would park on the street at the end of the lane.
In cases where it is not possible to provide the minimum 1.0 metre wide path of travel for firefighting and emergency access on the subject property, this required width may be shared with a neighbouring property, provided both owners enter into a Limiting Distance Agreement.
1. Property owners to complete and submit a draft Limiting Distance Agreement. (Contact your Plan Review Manager for template)
2. Once Toronto Building has confirmed that there will be Code compliance, the property owners will be contacted in order to execute the Limiting Distance Agreement.
3. The City Lawyer will provide the property owners or their representatives with the fully executed Limiting Distance Agreement. The property owners will be responsible for:
a. Registration of the agreement on title;
b. Confirming registration with the City Lawyer; and,
c. Providing a title opinion satisfactory to the City Lawyer.
4. Prior to the execution of an Limiting Distance Agreement, applicable City Solicitor fees must be paid in accordance with Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges.
5. A copy of the registered Limiting Distance Agreement must be attached to all subsequent permits that are to be issued in relation to the affected properties at any time subsequent to registration.