BCAB #1317 - Access for Disabled Persons to Baptismal Area, Subsection 3.7.2., Article 22.214.171.124. & Sentence 126.96.36.199.(3)
August 19, 1993
Re: Access for Disabled Persons to Baptismal Area, Subsection 3.7.2., Article 188.8.131.52. & Sentence 184.108.40.206.(3)
The project in question is a new church containing a baptismal tank with associated change rooms and waiting area.
Reason for Appeal
Section 3.7 of the 1992 B.C. Building Code requires access for persons with disabilities to all storeys of new buildings. Subsection 3.7.2. refines this requirement by describing those areas of all buildings and those areas of specific types of occupancies which must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
The appellant contends that neither Subsection 3.7.2. nor Sentence 220.127.116.11.(3) require access to the baptismal area.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that the baptismal area is not exempt from the requirements for access by persons with disabilities because:
- The second storey, which contains the baptismal area, exceeds 600 m2 in area so it cannot be exempted from access requirements by Clause 18.104.22.168.(2)(a),
- Disabled persons will use the baptismal area,
- Sentence 22.214.171.124.(3) requires that from each accessible main entrance it shall be possible for a disabled person to travel to all parts of the building required to be accessible to disabled persons and
- The baptismal area is integral with the principle function of the occupancy.
Appeal Board Decision #1317
It is the determination of the Board that the baptismal area of the second storey must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
George R. Humphrey, Chair