BCAB #1513 - Occupancy Classification, Article 3.1.2.1

July 5, 2000

BCAB #1513

Re: Occupancy Classification, Article 3.1.2.1

Project Description

A computer instruction business, consisting of 6 to 8 computer work stations is located in a suite of a multi-tenant commercial building.

Reason for Appeal

Every building or part thereof shall be classified according to its major occupancy. Sentence 3.1.2.1.(2) states that a building intended for use by more than one occupancy shall be classified according to all major occupancies.

Appellant's Position

The appellant contends the business operation is similar to a retail or office environment and classification of the operation as a Group A Division 2, Assembly occupancy creates undue hardship due to the requirement for a 2 hour separation from adjacent major occupancies.

Building Official's Position

The Building Official considers this business operation an educational activity, classified as an A-2, similar to schools and colleges as indicated in A-3.1.2.1.(1) in the Appendix to the Code.

Appeal Board Decision #1513

It is the determination of the Board that the six to eight student computer training facility in question is best classified as a Group D, business and personal service occupancy. The Board considers the low number of students to be in keeping with personal services as described in the definition of Business and personal services occupancy.

George Humphrey, Chair