BCAB #1520 - Occupancy Classification, Articles 3.1.2.1 and 3.3.5.6 (automobile delivery area)

October 18, 2000

BCAB #1520

Re: Occupancy Classification, Articles 3.1.2.1 and 3.3.5.6 (automobile delivery area)

Project Description

The building in question is occupied by an automobile dealership which includes an interior automobile showroom. Adjoining the showroom is a new car delivery area about 12.8m X 8m. This delivery area is intended to provide an interior space where an owner can inspect their newly purchased vehicle, be briefed on its features and care, and transfer of ownership of the vehicle.

Reason for Appeal

Article 3.1.2.1 requires every building or part thereof to be classified according to its major occupancy. Further, if classified as an Industrial Occupancy, Article 3.3.5.6 stipulates additional requirements for the separation of storage garages.

Appellant's Position

The appellant contends the use of the delivery area should be considered as an extension of the automobile showroom (Group E). The delivery area is part of the same retailing business but involves the completion of the sale as compared to the promotional aspect of the showroom.

Building Official's Position

The Building Official considers this delivery area as a parking area and thus classified as an Industrial Occupancy (F3), storage garage.

Appeal Board Decision #1520

Based on the information provided the intended use of the delivery area is for the purpose of completion of the automobile sales transaction, rather than the storage or parking of motor vehicles. It is therefore the determination of the Board that the delivery area is an extension of the automobile sales area, which is classified as Group E.

George Humphrey, Chair