BCAB #1611 - Required Fire Alarm in Hostel Facility Sentence 184.108.40.206.(1) (2), Article 220.127.116.11. Dwelling Unit
October 20, 2005
Re: Required Fire Alarm in Hostel Facility Sentence 18.104.22.168.(1) (2), Article 22.214.171.124. Dwelling Unit
The subject building is a hostel which has been converted from a two storey church. On the lower level, the facility includes a common games/TV room, common washroom/shower rooms, common lounge and kitchen area, and two separate dormitory rooms, with 12 and 4 beds respectively. The upper level has a common lounge area, storage and administrative office for the hostel The facility has sleeping accommodations of greater than 10 persons. The hostel incorporates two independent grade level exits serving the lower level, and two independent exits serving the upper level. The design occupant load of the upper level is 108 persons.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1) requires a fire alarm in a residential occupancy where there are sleeping accommodations for more than 10 persons. Sentence 188.8.131.52..(2) exempts this requirement if each suite has direct access to an exterior exit facility leading to ground level.
The appellant considers the hostel to be a single dwelling unit and that the exemption for a fire alarm is applicable.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official considers a fire alarm system is required as there are sleeping accommodations for more than 10 persons.
Appeal Board Decision #1611
The Board’s decision is based on the premise that the subject building falls within Part 9 of the Code, the building is classified as Group C, Residential, and the upper level floor area is a subsidiary use to the residential occupancy.
It is the determination of the Board that a fire alarm system is not required in accordance with Sentence 184.108.40.206.(2).
George Humphrey, Chair