BCAB #1447 - Classification of Auto Detailing Business, Articles 18.104.22.168. and 22.214.171.124.
September 17, 1997
Re: Classification of Auto Detailing Business, Articles 126.96.36.199. and 188.8.131.52.
The automotive detailing business in question occupies a suite within a multi-tenant industrial building.
Reason for Appeal
Articles 184.108.40.206. and 220.127.116.11. 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 18.104.22.168. nor Article 22.214.171.124. are applicable to this business.
George R. Humphrey, Chair