BCAB #1447 - Classification of Auto Detailing Business, Articles 188.8.131.52. and 184.108.40.206.
September 17, 1997
Re: Classification of Auto Detailing Business, Articles 220.127.116.11. and 18.104.22.168.
The automotive detailing business in question occupies a suite within a multi-tenant industrial building.
Reason for Appeal
Articles 22.214.171.124. and 126.96.36.199. require a repair garage to be separated from all other occupancies by a fire separation with a fire resistance rating of at least 2 hours.
The appellant contends that their business is not auto repair but only involves washing vehicles within the building and they are only in the building for short periods of time. There is no overnight storage permitted.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that any time a car is being cared for, no matter what the reason, it is considered a repair garage and a 2 hour fire separation is needed.
Appeal Board Decision #1447
The Board does not consider washing vehicles to be servicing as intended by the definition of repair garage. Therefore, as cars are not being serviced and are not stored in the building, neither Article 188.8.131.52. nor Article 184.108.40.206. are applicable to this business.
George R. Humphrey, Chair