TORONTO MUNICIPAL PROPERTY STANDARDS
Uniform Color Code for Pipes, Wires, and Lines:
RED - Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit, and Lighting Cables
YELLOW - Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE - Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE - Potable Water
GREEN - Sewers and Drain Lines
PURPLE - Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
PINK - Temporary Survey Marking
WHITE - Proposed Excavation
The following extract from Toronto Municipal Property Standards By-Law is of a particular relevance for Property Managers of Underground Garages and contains rules on painting of the underground garages:
629-40. Parking or storage garages.
A. The walls, floors, ceilings and columns of every parking or storage garage shall be maintained free of holes, breaks or cracks, and impervious to water.
B. If a parking or storage garage has a common entrance and a capacity for more than five vehicles, it shall be painted as follows, and all painted surfaces shall be maintained in a state of good repair and reasonable cleanliness:
(1) Every ceiling, wall and column shall be painted white from 60 centimeters above floor level;
(2) The remaining portion of the wall and the column from floor level to a height of 60 centimeters shall be painted black. [Amended 2004-06-24 by By-law No. 559-2004]
629-41. Garages doors; exit doors
(e) A legible sign having the words EMERGENCY EXIT UNLOCKED BY FIRE ALARM is permanently mounted on the exit door; and
(f) The lettering on the sign required in Subsection D(5)(e) is 25 millimeters high with a five-millimeter stroke.
629-42. Garage exit door signs.
A. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALERT SIGN−The sign described in the diagram in Schedule A-1, at the end of this chapter.
LARGE SAFE-EXIT ARROW−The sign described in Schedule A-2, at the end of this chapter.
SAFE-EXIT DOOR−A door leading to or constituting a required exit from a storage garage required and installed under the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992,20 the Ontario Building Code, any by-law respecting the construction of buildings passed under a predecessor of the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992 or this chapter.
SAFE-EXIT ROUTE−Aroute in the storage garage from the parking stalls to a safe-exit door having less than five safe-exit route decision points.
SAFE-EXIT ROUTE DECISION POINT−The point along the safe-exit route where there is more than one option in the direction of travel. 20
SMALL SAFE-EXIT ARROW−The sign described in Schedule A-3, at the end of this chapter.
B. In Schedules A-1, A-2 and A-3 at the end of this chapter, if a paint color number is provided, for example, "GREY BODY (17178) " ,he part of the sign indicated shall be colored to match the color indicated by that number in Federal Standard 595B COLORS, dated July 1994, 7690-01-162-2210 Fan Deck.
C. Large safe-exit arrows shall be displayed on safe-exit doors 1.5 meters above the floor, measured from the centre of the arrow to the floor, with the arrow pointing down.
D. Where the placing of the arrows would have the effect of covering all or part of the glazed portion of an exit door, the arrow may be displayed in an alternate location if the location has been approved by the officer as meeting the general intent of this requirement.
E. All parking or storage garages shall have safe-exit routes designated in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
F. Small safe-exit arrows shall be prominently displayed on columns or walls 1.5 meters above the floor, measured from the centre of the arrow to the floor:
(1) At least every 10 meters along the safe-exit route;
(2) At all safe-exit route decision points along the safe-exit route; and
(3) Wherever a safe-exit route crosses a traffic aisle.
G. A safe-exit door, the frame of a safe-exit door and the wall adjacent to the safe-exit door to a distance of one meter on both sides of the frame and to a height of three meters above the floor or to the soffit above the bulkhead over the door, shall be colored green to match the color indicated by number 14193 in Federal Standard 595B COLORS, dated July 1994, 7690-01-162-2210 Fan Deck. [Amended 2004- 06-24 by By-law No. 559-2004]
H. Alert signs shall be prominently displayed on columns or walls 2.1 meters above the floor, measured from the top of the sign to the floor, so that there is one alert sign for every 25 parking stalls in the parking or storage garage, with the alert signs being evenly distributed in the parking or storage garage, but located not more than 30 meters apart.