BCAB #1273 - Residential Occupancy Classification of Sleeping Cabins, Fire Alarm System, Article 220.127.116.11.
February 19, 1992
Re: Residential Occupancy Classification of Sleeping Cabins, Fire Alarm System, Article 18.104.22.168.
The project in question consists of ten 24' x 16' cabins moved onto a new site. The cabins are intended to provide sleeping accommodation for 12 children and 2 counsellors.
Reason for Appeal
Article 22.214.171.124. requires a fire alarm system in any residential building providing sleeping accommodation for more than 10 persons.
The appellant contends the cabins should not be classified as residential occupancies because they are not permanent living quarters and have practically none of the hazards associated with residences.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that although the Code may not directly address sleeping cabins under residential occupancy there is no other appropriate classification. He also maintains that the Code is clear in requiring a fire alarm system where sleeping accommodation for more than 10 persons is provided.
Appeal Board Decision #1273
It is the determination of the Board that the buildings in question are, by Code definition, residential occupancies. Article 126.96.36.199. requires a fire alarm system in residential occupancies which provide sleeping accommodation for more than 10 persons "except as provided in Article 188.8.131.52." This article exempts residential occupancies from the need for a fire alarm system "where each suite has direct access to an exterior exit facility leading to ground level." The Board considers each cabin to be a suite and provided they have exit doors leading directly to the exterior a fire alarm system would not be required.
George R. Humphrey, Chair