BCAB #1622 - Exception of Code Application, Clause

May 24, 2006

BCAB #1622

Re: Exception of Code Application, Clause

Project Description

The subject building is a self storage warehouse, non combustible construction, and fully sprinklered. The facility incorporates two level storage units, each storage level independent of the other. The storage unit structures are a proprietary system which is installed after the building is constructed.

Both the upper and lower storage units are 5.0 m in depth, 1.5 m wide with a height of 1.6 m. The upper level units are accessed through rolling overhead doors. The base of the access doors for the upper units is about 2.44 meters above the floor and wheeled stair units are provided to access the upper locker units. The wheeled stair units are similar to those found in warehouse type occupancies, and are also used in some warehouse style retail stores.

Reason for Appeal

Clause states the Building Code does not apply to mechanical or other equipment and appliances not specifically regulated by the Code.

Appellant’s Position

The appellant considers the storage locker units to be fixtures installed after the building is constructed and are similar to the shelving or racking provided for in a storage occupancy. The appellant does not consider the storage units to be regulated by the Building Code.

Building Official's Position

The Building Official contends the upper storage level of the two level storage units to be a separate floor area intended for occupancy and is not comparable to racking systems, devices or containers. Further, the required width of the egress corridor is reduced whenever the portable stairs are in place to access one of the upper units.

Appeal Board Decision #1622

It is the determination of the Board that this proprietary locker system is part of the building and is not exempt from the requirements of the Building Code.

The Board considers these upper level storage units to be a floor area and a storey and must therefore comply with the applicable Building Code requirements.

George Humphrey, Chair