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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Property Use’

Definition: The precise use at the location of the incident, e.g. residential or maybe farming. Please see ‘mixed use’ for the option to provide alternative uses of the property, however this is the precise use at the incident.

Purpose: This element permits analyses of differing fire problems that occur on a wide range of property types. Information on the frequency, losses, and types of fires for each property use can assist in targeting fire prevention programs and fire protection or suppression systems for each type of property. It often assists in ordering priorities for inspection, developing new building codes, and evaluating the success of programs directed at particular types of properties.

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Relational Edit Rules for ‘Property Use’

NFIRS 5.0 relational edit validation rules are provided to ensure NFIRS data is consistent and correct for the fire/reporting concepts that are being modeled. Relational edits determine relationships between multiple fields / elements. These are the rules for ‘Property Use’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 36 Property Details.
Relational Edit Rule 37 Need On Site Materials for Commercial Property Fires.
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NFIRS Coding

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Property Use’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:

Common Examples of Property Use

More commonly used values for Property Use…

Property Use  Code 
One or Two Family Dwelling 419
Residential Street, Road or Residential Driveway 962
Highway or Divided Highway 961
Undetermined UUU

Groups within ‘Property Use’

All values for Property Use

Assembly Group
  • 100 - Assembly - Other
  • 110 - Fixed-use Recreation Places - Other
  • 111 - Bowling Establishment
  • 112 - Billiard Center, Pool Hall
  • 113 - Electronic Amusement Center
  • 114 - Ice Rink: Indoor, Outdoor
  • 115 - Roller Rink: Indoor or Outdoor
  • 116 - Swimming Facility: Indoor or Outdoor
  • 120 - Variable-use Amusement, Recreation Places - Other
  • 121 - Ballroom, Gymnasium
  • 122 - Convention Center, Exhibition Hall
  • 123 - Stadium, Arena
  • 124 - Playground
  • 129 - Amusement Center: Indoor/Outdoor
  • 130 - Places Of Worship, Funeral Parlors - Other
  • 131 - Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple, Chapel
  • 134 - Funeral Parlor
  • 140 - Clubs - Other
  • 141 - Athletic/Health Club
  • 142 - Clubhouse
  • 143 - Yacht Club
  • 144 - Casino, Gambling Clubs
  • 150 - Public or Government - Other
  • 151 - Library
  • 152 - Museum
  • 154 - Memorial Structure, Including Monuments & Statues
  • 155 - Courthouse
  • 160 - Eating, Drinking Places - Other
  • 161 - Restaurant or Cafeteria
  • 162 - Bar or Nightclub
  • 170 - Passenger Terminal - Other
  • 171 - Airport Passenger Terminal
  • 173 - Bus Station
  • 174 - Rapid Transit Station
  • 180 - Studio/Theater - Other
  • 181 - Live Performance Theater
  • 182 - Auditorium, Concert Hall
  • 183 - Movie Theater
  • 185 - Radio, Television Studio
  • 186 - Film/Movie Production Studio
Educational Group
  • 200 - Educational - Other
  • 210 - Schools, Non-Adult - Other
  • 211 - Preschool
  • 213 - Elementary School, Including Kindergarten
  • 215 - High School/Junior High School/Middle School
  • 241 - Adult Education Center, College Classroom
  • 250 - Day Care - Other (Conversion Only)
  • 254 - Day Care, In Commercial Property
  • 255 - Day Care, In Residence, Licensed
  • 256 - Day Care In Residence, Unlicensed
Health Care, Detention & Correction Group
  • 300 - Health Care, Detention & Correction - Other
  • 311 - 24-hour Care Nursing Homes, 4 or More Persons
  • 321 - Mental Retardation/development Disability Facility
  • 322 - Alcohol or Substance Abuse Recovery Center
  • 323 - Asylum, Mental Institution
  • 331 - Hospital - Medical or Psychiatric
  • 332 - Hospices
  • 340 - Clinics, Doctors Offices, Hemodialysis Cntr - Other
  • 341 - Clinic, Clinic-type Infirmary
  • 342 - Doctor, Dentist or Oral Surgeon Office
  • 343 - Hemodialysis Unit
  • 361 - Jail, Prison (not Juvenile)
  • 363 - Reformatory, Juvenile Detention Center
  • 365 - Police Station
Residential Group
  • 400 - Residential - Other
  • 419 - One or Two Family Dwelling
  • 429 - Multifamily Dwelling
  • 439 - Boarding/rooming House, Residential Hotels
  • 449 - Hotel/motel, Commercial
  • 459 - Residential Board And Care
  • 460 - Dormitory-type Residence - Other
  • 462 - Sorority House, Fraternity House
  • 464 - Barracks, Dormitory
Mercantile, Business Group
  • 500 - Mercantile, Business - Other
  • 511 - Convenience Store
  • 519 - Food And Beverage Sales, Grocery Store
  • 529 - Textile, Wearing Apparel Sales
  • 539 - Household Goods, Sales, Repairs
  • 549 - Specialty Shop
  • 557 - Personal Service, Including Barber & Beauty Shops
  • 559 - Recreational, Hobby, Home Repair Sales, Pet Store
  • 564 - Laundry, Dry Cleaning
  • 569 - Professional Supplies, Services
  • 571 - Service Station, Gas Station
  • 579 - Motor Vehicle or Boat Sales, Services, Repair
  • 580 - General Retail - Other
  • 581 - Department or Discount Store
  • 592 - Bank
  • 593 - Office: Veterinary or Research
  • 596 - Post Office or Mailing Firms
  • 599 - Business Office
Industrial, Utility, Defense, Agriculture, Mining Group
  • 600 - Ind., Utility, Defense, Agriculture, Mining - Other
  • 610 - Energy Production Plant - Other
  • 614 - Steam or Heat-generating Plant
  • 615 - Electric-generating Plant
  • 629 - Laboratory or Science Laboratory
  • 631 - Defense, Military Installation
  • 632 - Flight Control Tower
  • 635 - Computer Center
  • 639 - Communications Center
  • 640 - Utility or Distribution System - Other
  • 642 - Electrical Distribution
  • 644 - Gas Distribution, Gas Pipeline
  • 645 - Flammable Liquid Distribution, F.l. Pipeline
  • 647 - Water Utility
  • 648 - Sanitation Utility
  • 655 - Crops or Orchard
  • 659 - Livestock Production
  • 669 - Forest, Timberland, Woodland
  • 679 - Mine, Quarry
Manufacturing, Processing Group
  • 700 - Manufacturing, Processing
Storage Group
  • 800 - Storage - Other
  • 807 - Outside Material Storage Area
  • 808 - Outbuilding or Shed
  • 816 - Grain Elevator, Silo
  • 819 - Livestock, Poultry Storage
  • 839 - Refrigerated Storage
  • 849 - Outside Storage Tank
  • 880 - Vehicle Storage - Other
  • 881 - Parking Garage (detached Residential Garage)
  • 882 - Parking Garage, General Vehicle
  • 888 - Fire Station
  • 891 - Warehouse
  • 898 - Dock, Marina, Pier, Wharf
  • 899 - Residential or Self-storage Units
Outside or Special Property Group
  • 900 - Outside or Special Property - Other
  • 919 - Dump, Sanitary Landfill
  • 921 - Bridge, Trestle
  • 922 - Tunnel
  • 926 - Outbuilding, Protective Shelter
  • 931 - Open Land or Field
  • 935 - Campsite With Utilities
  • 936 - Vacant Lot
  • 937 - Beach
  • 938 - Graded And Cared-for Plots Of Land
  • 940 - Water Area - Other
  • 941 - Open Ocean, Sea or Tidal Waters
  • 946 - Lake, River, Stream
  • 951 - Railroad Right-of-Way
  • 952 - Railroad Yard
  • 960 - Street - Other
  • 961 - Highway or Divided Highway
  • 962 - Residential Street, Road or Residential Driveway
  • 963 - Street or Road In Commercial Area
  • 965 - Vehicle Parking Area
  • 972 - Aircraft Runway
  • 973 - Aircraft Taxiway
  • 974 - Aircraft Loading Area
  • 981 - Construction Site
  • 982 - Oil or Gas Field
  • 983 - Pipeline, Power Line or Other Utility Right-of-way
  • 984 - Industrial Plant Yard - Area
  • 000 - Property Use - Other
  • NNN - None
  • UUU - Undetermined

Transactions containing ‘Property Use’

A few NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Expected Length 3
Element Type Coded Field - The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.
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