A20 - Table 1

Occupancy or Building Classification

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Class of occupancy of building

Occupancy

A1

Entertainment and public assembly

Occupancy where persons gather to eat, drink, dance or participate in other recreation.

Examples

  • Amusement Arcade
  • Amusement Park Structures  
  • Assembly Hall
  • Banquet Halls  
  • Cafeterias
  • Casinos (Gaming Areas)  
  • City Hall
  • Civic Centre
  • Coffee Shop
  • Convenience Store
  • Community Centre
  • Community Hall
  • Conference Centre
  • Convention Centre
  • Dance Hall
  • Drinking Establishments  
  • Drive-Through / Drive-In Food Outlets
  • Fast Food Outlet
  • Market
  • Multi-Purpose Hall
  • Night Club / Disco
  • Passenger Station Terminals (Air, Surface, Underground  and Marine Public Transportation Facilities)
  • Pool And Billiard Parlors  
  • Pub / Bar / Ladies Bar
  • Recreation Hall And Pier  
  • Restaurant
  • Retail Centre
  • Shebeen / Tavern
  • Shopping Centre / Mall
  • Snack Bar
  • Sports Club Building
  • Tent – Public Assembly  
  • Town Hall

A2

Theatrical and indoor sport

Occupancy where persons gather for the viewing of theatrical, operatic, orchestral, choral, cinematographical or sport performances.

Examples

  • Broadcasting Studio
  • Cinema
  • Concert Hall
  • Drive-in Cinema
  • Motion Picture Theater
  • Open Air Amphitheatre
  • Opera House
  • Recording Studio
  • Symphony Hall
  • Television Studio
  • Theatre - Stage Production
  • Indoor Sport
  • Arena
  • Bowling Alley
  • Climbing Walls
  • Diving Centre
  • Gymnasium
  • Health Centre
  • Health Club
  • Health Spa
  • Skateboard Rinks
  • Sports Club Building
  • Sport Hall
  • Sports Track
  • Squash Court
  • Stadium
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Wave Pools

A3

Places of instruction

Occupancy where school children, students or other persons assemble for the purpose of tuition or learning.

Examples

  • Auditorium
  • Child day-care
  • College
  • Farm School
  • Kindergarten
  • Laboratory (School / University)
  • Lecture Hall / Theatre  
  • Nursery School
  • Place of Higher Learning
  • Pre-school
  • Religious Educational Rooms
  • Rural School
  • School – Primary & Secondary
  • Training Facility
  • University

A4

Worship

Occupancy where persons assemble for the purpose of worshipping.

Examples

  • Chapel  
  • Church
  • Mosque
  • Place of Religious Worship  
  • Religious Assembly Hall
  • Synagogue
  • Temple

A5

Outdoor sport

Occupancy where persons view outdoor sport events.

Examples

  • Arena
  • Bleachers  
  • Bowling Green
  • Climbing Walls – Outdoor
  • Diving Pool
  • Grandstand
  • Skateboard Rink
  • Skating Rink
  • Stadium
  • Sports Court
  • Sports Field
  • Sports Track
  • Swimming Pool – Domestic
  • Swimming Pool – Public
  • Tennis Court
  • Wave Pools



B1

High risk commercial service

Occupancy where a non-industrial process is carried out and where either the material handled or the process carried out is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with extreme rapidity or give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples

  • Facilities where Noxious / Toxic / Flammable Materials are Used / Sold
  • Gas Filling Services
  • Petrol Station
  • Vehicle Service Station
  • Research / Development Laboratories

B2

Moderate risk commercial service

Occupancy where a non-industrial process is carried out and where either the material handled or the process carried out is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with moderate rapidity but is not likely to give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples

  • Building for assembling, disassembling, fabricating, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, repair or processing operations of:
  • Aircraft
  • Appliances
  • Athletic Equipment  
  • Motor Vehicles  
  • Bakeries  
  • Beverages – Alcoholic
  • Bicycles  
  • Boats  
  • Brooms or Brushes  
  • Business Machines  
  • Cameras and Photo Equipment  
  • Canvas or Similar Fabric  
  • Carpets and Rugs (Includes Cleaning)  
  • Clothing  
  • Construction and Agricultural Machinery  
  • Disinfectants  
  • Dry Cleaning and Dyeing  
  • Electrical
  • Electronics  
  • Engines (Including Rebuilding)  
  • Furniture  
  • Hemp Products  
  • Jute Products  
  • Laundries  
  • Leather Products  
  • Machinery  
  • Motion Pictures and Television Filming Studio (Without Spectators)
  • Musical Instruments  
  • Optical Goods  
  • Paper Mills or Products  
  • Photographic Film  
  • Plastic Products  
  • Printing or Publishing  
  • Recreational Vehicles  
  • Refuse Incineration  
  • Shoes  
  • Soaps and Detergents  
  • Textiles  
  • Timber Millwork
  • Tobacco  
  • Trailers  
  • Upholstering  
  • Wood - Distillation  
  • Woodworking – Cabinetry  
  • Electronic Data Processing Centres
  • Funeral Parlour
  • Mortuary
  • Laboratory (Private / Corporate)
  • Telephone Exchange
  • Radio Studios
  • Postal Buildings

B3

Low risk commercial service

Occupancy where a non-industrial process is carried out and where neither the material handled nor the process carried out falls into the high or moderate risk category.

Examples

  • Building for assembling, disassembling, fabricating, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, repair or processing operations of (non-combustible material):
  • Beverages – Non-Alcoholic
  • Brick and Masonry  
  • Ceramic Products  
  • Foundries  
  • Glass Products  
  • Gypsum  
  • Ice  
  • Metal Products (Fabrication and Assembly)
  • Car Wash
  • Crematorium – Human & Animal Remains
  • Greenhouses  
  • Garden Nursery  
  • Livestock Shelter



C1

Exhibition hall

Occupancy where goods are displayed primarily for viewing by the public.

Examples

  • Exhibition Centre / Hall
  • Outdoor Exhibition Space

C2

Museum

Occupancy comprising a museum, art gallery or library.

Examples

  • Art Gallery
  • Library
  • Multi-Media Centre
  • Museum
  • Planetarium



D1

High risk industrial

Occupancy where an industrial process is carried out and where either the material handled or the process carried out is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with extreme rapidity or give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples

  • Petrochemical
  • Nuclear Reactor / Facility

D2

Moderate risk industrial

Occupancy where an industrial process is carried out and where either the material handled or the process carried out is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with moderate rapidity but is not likely to give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples

  • Abattoir
  • Assembly Plant  
  • Factory  
  • Food Processing
  • Manufacturing Plant  
  • Mill  
  • Pharmaceuticals Processing
  • Processing Plant  

D3

Low risk industrial

Occupancy comprising usually unattended mechanical or electrical services necessary for the running of a building.

Examples

  • Steel Mills  
  • Paper Plant
  • Electric Generation Plant  

D4

Plant room

Occupancy comprising usually unattended mechanical or electrical services necessary for the running of a building.

Examples

  • Computer Building / Room
  • Electric Control / Transformer Room
  • HVAC Plant Room
  • Lift Motor Room
  • Switch Room
  • Storage Tanks – Non-chemical
  • Telecommunication Building
  • Towers  



E1

Place of detention

Occupancy where people are detained for punitive or corrective reasons or because of their mental condition.

Examples

  • Correctional Center
  • Detention Center
  • Jail
  • Police Station Cells
  • Pre-release Center
  • Prison
  • Reformatory
  • Social Rehabilitation Facility

E2

Hospital

Occupancy where people are cared for or treated because of physical or mental disabilities and where they are generally bed-ridden.

Examples

  • Clinic
  • Community Health Centre
  • Hospital  
  • Medical Centre
  • Medical Trauma Unit
  • Mental Hospitals
  • Psychiatric Hospital
  • Sanatorium

E3

Other institutional (residential)

Occupancy where groups of people who either are not fully fit, or who are restricted in their movements or their ability to make decisions, reside and are cared for.

Examples

  • Assisted Living Facility  
  • Children's Home
  • Community Care Centre
  • Congregate Care Facility
  • Foster Care Facility
  • Frail Care Facility
  • Halfway House
  • Hospice
  • Nursing Home
  • Old Age Home

E4

Health care

Occupancy which is a common place of long term or transient living for a number of unrelated persons consisting of a single unit on its own site who, due to varying degrees of incapacity, are provided with personal care services or are undergoing medical treatment.

Examples

  • Ambulatory Care Facility
  • Convalescent Facility
  • Detoxification Facility
  • Rehabilitation Centre
  • Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centre



F1

Large shop

Occupancy where merchandise is displayed and offered for sale to the public and the floor area exceeds 250 m2.

Examples


  • Buildings and structures as for the uses under small shop where permitted area is exceeded.
  • Automobile / Motor Vehicle Showroom  
  • Convenience Store
  • Department Store
  • Sales / Showroom
  • Supermarket

F2

Small shop

Occupancy where merchandise is displayed and offered for sale to the public and the floor area does not exceed 250 m2.

Examples


  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Shop
  • Corner Store
  • Home Shop
  • Florists
  • Print shops  
  • Spaza Shop
  • Tea-room

F3

Wholesaler's store

Occupancy where goods are displayed and stored and where only a limited selected group of persons is present at any one time.



G1

Offices

Occupancy comprising offices, banks, consulting rooms and other similar usage.

Examples


  • Airport Traffic Control Tower
  • Bank
  • Civic Administration  
  • Courtrooms – Sheriff, Magistrate, High, Supreme, Constitutional
  • General Post Office
  • Office Building
  • Police Station – Offices
  • Medical Consulting Room – Dentist, Doctor, etc.
  • Professional Consulting Services - Architect, Attorney, Engineer, Broker, etc.
  • Radio Control Centre
  • Security Control Office



H1

Hotel

Occupancy where persons rent furnished rooms, not being dwelling units.

Examples


  • Boarding Establishment
  • Bed & Breakfast (>16 persons)
  • Game Lodge
  • Guest House (> 16 persons)
  • Hotel
  • Hotel Health Spa
  • Holiday Apartments
  • Motel
  • Self-catering Units
  • Vacation Timeshare Properties  

H2

Dormitory

Occupancy where groups of people are accommodated in one room.

Examples


  • Backpackers Accommodation
  • Convent
  • Dormitory
  • Fraternity / Sorority
  • Monastery

H3

Domestic residence

Occupancy consisting of two or more dwelling units on a single site.

Examples


  • Ancillary Unit / Granny Flat
  • Apartment Block
  • Congregate living facilities (transient) with more than 10 occupants  
  • Multi-unit Residential Development
  • Recreational Estate (Marina, Golf, etc.)
  • Retirement Development
  • Townhouse Development

H4

Dwelling house

Occupancy consisting of a dwelling unit on its own site, including a garage and other domestic outbuilding, if any.

Examples


  • Domestic Quarters
  • House
  • Parsonage  
  • Rectory
  • Private Garage

H5

Hospitality

Occupancy where unrelated persons rent furnished rooms on a transient basis within a dwelling house or domestic residence with sleeping accommodation for not more than 16 persons within a dwelling unit.

Examples


  • Guesthouse (≤ 16 persons)
  • Bed & Breakfast (≤ 16 persons)



J1

High risk storage

Occupancy where material is stored and where the stored material is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with extreme rapidity or give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples


  • Buildings and structures for the storage of  materials not identified under low or moderate risk.
  • Explosives
  • Flammable Products
  • Petrochemical Products
  • Toxic Waste
  • Wine Cellars / Stills
  • Armory

J2

Moderate risk storage

Occupancy where material is stored and where the stored material is liable, in the event of fire, to cause combustion with moderate rapidity but is not likely to give rise to poisonous fumes, or cause explosions.

Examples


  • Moderate Risk Storage shall include buildings used for the storage of combustible materials
  • Aerosols
  • Bags - Cloth, Burlap and Paper  
  • Bamboo and Rattan  
  • Baskets  
  • Belting - Canvas and Leather  
  • Books and Paper - Rolls or Packs  
  • Boots and Shoes  
  • Buttons - Cloth Covered, Pearl or Bone  
  • Cardboard and Cardboard Boxes  
  • Clothing - Wearing Apparel  
  • Cordage  
  • Furniture  
  • Furs  
  • Glues - Mucilage, Pastes and Size (Distemper)
  • Grains  
  • Horns and Combs – Not Celluloid  
  • Leather  
  • Linoleum  
  • Lumber / Wood
  • Photo Engravings  
  • Resilient Flooring  
  • Silks  
  • Soaps  
  • Sugar  
  • Tires - Bulk Storage
  • Tobacco - Cigars, Cigarettes and Snuff  
  • Upholstery and Mattresses  
  • Wax Candles  
  • Aircraft Hangar - Storage and Repair
  • Dry Boat Storage – Indoor
  • Motor Vehicle Repair Garages

J3

Low risk storage

Occupancy where the material stored does not fall into the high or moderate risk category.

Examples


  • Buildings and structures for the storage of non-combustible materials such as products on wood pallets or in paper cartons without significant amounts of combustible wrappings. Such products may have a negligible amount of plastic trim such as knobs, handles or film wrapping.
  • Asbestos  
  • Beverages - Up to & Including 16% Alcohol in Metal, Glass or Ceramic Containers  
  • Cement - In Bags  
  • Chalk and Crayons  
  • Dairy Products - In Nonwaxed Coated Paper Containers  
  • Dry Cell Batteries  
  • Dry Insecticides  
  • Electrical Coils  
  • Electrical Insulators  
  • Electrical Motors  
  • Empty Cans  
  • Food Products  
  • Foods – In Noncombustible Containers  
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - In Nonplastic Trays or Containers  
  • Frozen Foods  
  • Glass  
  • Glass Bottles - Empty or Filled with Noncombustible Liquids  
  • Gypsum Board  
  • Inert Pigments  
  • Ivory  
  • Meats  
  • Metal Cabinets  
  • Metal Desks - With Plastic Tops and Trim  
  • Metal Parts  
  • Metals  
  • Mirrors  
  • Porcelain and Pottery  
  • Stoves  
  • Talc and Soapstones  
  • Transformers – Oiled filled or Other Type
  • Washers and Dryers  
  • Cold Chain Facilities / Ice Bunkers etc.
  • Feed Storage
  • General Livestock Housing / Stables
  • General Use Barns & Sheds

J4

Parking garage

Occupancy used for storing or parking of more than 10 motor vehicles.

Examples

  • Parking Garages – Open, Enclosed or Underground