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Because that would be a change in occupancy from a B to A2(?). Assembly
occupancies are substantially more restrictive in terms of exiting and other
life-safety issues.

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. [mailto:design(--nospam--at)hodgsoneng.ca] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:24 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: BUILDING CODE: Certificate of Occupancy

Much easier for a city official to ask for drawings than to get off 
their butt and go visit the site to confirm that nothing has changed.
Gary

Bill Polhemus wrote:
> A member of this list referred a friend of a friend to me for help on 
> this issue.
>
> The client is a church that has set up shop in a small office park 
> space. The previous occupant of the space was also a "storefront 
> church," and they simply moved out, and the new church moved in.
>
> There were no changes made to the interior space by the new tenant.
>
> The city has "red tagged" the space, claiming they need to submit a 
> full set of architectural and engineering drawings for approval in 
> order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy in accordance with the City 
> of Houston Building Code (NOTE: CoH BC is based on IBC 2003).
>
> I have still to do a bit of research on this, but I am puzzled as to 
> why the tenant is required to do this, if they did no interior 
> alterations. Wouldn't this fall under the Owner's responsibility?
>
> Comments gratefully appreciated.
>
>
>
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