The occupancy classification drives the requirements for many different fire and life safety features. These requirements reflect the unique and expected characteristics of the anticipated occupants of that space such as, capability of self-preservation, familiarity with the space, age, and alertness.
What are the building code occupancy types in California?
- Assembly (see Section 303): Groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4 and A-5.
- Business (see Section 304): Group B.
- [SFM] Organized Camps (see Section 450): Group C.
- Educational (see Section 305): Group E.
- Factory and Industrial (see Section 306): Groups F-1 and F-2.
Does San Diego issue a certificate of occupancy?
What are the occupancy categories of buildings and other structures?
From lowest to highest, the Occupancy Category describes the potential hazard to human life a structure would pose in the event of failure or serviceability issues. The authority having jurisdiction assigns a category ranging from a low hazard to human life to a significant hazard or essential structure.
How do you determine construction type?
The construction type will detail two main attributes of the building elements: whether or not the materials are combustible or noncombustible (ex: wood versus steel frame), and the degree to which these building elements are required to be rated for fire-resistance (ex: fireproofed steel versus exposed steel).
What happens if you get caught remodeling without a permit in California?
Contractors who violate the law are subject to disciplinary action by CSLB, including civil penalty assessments of up to $5,000 per violation, an order of correction that requires payment of permit fees and any assessed penalties imposed by the local building department, and suspension or revocation of the license.