occupant load analysis

Buildings are designed for a maximum number of people. Exceeding the maximum occupant load can lead to devastating consequences. Whether you are in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, or Moose Jaw, I can help you comply with the Saskatchewan Fire Code. Contact me now. 

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What is an Occupant Load Analysis 

An occupant load analysis determines the maximum number of people a building or space is designed to accommodate. The occupant load of a building or space is governed by several factors including; the size and use of the space, type of building, and type of occupancy. For example, a conference room in an office building will have a different occupant load than a restaurant or a classroom. 

Occupant load analyses help to ensure that buildings and spaces are designed to accommodate the number of people they are intended to serve. This helps to prevent overcrowding, which can lead to safety hazards. In addition, occupant load analyses can help to ensure that buildings and spaces have sufficient washrooms, exits, and other amenities, to meet the needs of the occupants. 

Why would I need an occupant load analysis

There are several reasons why you might need an occupant load analysis: 

Saskatchewan Fire Code 

The Saskatchewan Fire Code and National Fire Code require the occupant load to be posted in assembly occupancies with occupant loads exceeding 60 people. 

Saskatchewan Building Code  

The Saskatchewan Building Code and National Building Code require that occupant load signage be posted where the design occupant load has been determined other than from Table 

Occupancy permits  

In some jurisdictions an occupancy permit may be required before a building or space can be used for a specific purpose. An occupant load analysis may be required as part of the permit application process to demonstrate that the building or space is designed to accommodate the intended number of occupants.

 Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)  

A liquor permit is required if you serve alcohol at an event. The SLGA liquor permit requires an occupant load card to be posted. The occupant load card is required regardless of the number of people.  

Occupant load signage must be posted near the principal entrance to the floor area. The signs must have lettering not less than 50 mm high with a 12 mm stroke. Unless the signage is temporary, the codes require that the signage be permanently mounted. 

How do i get an occupant load assessment? 

An occupant load assessment includes an assessment of the facility and drawings to review the following items: 

A fire inspection may be required before obtaining an occupant load card. Deficiencies identified by the fire inspector may delay the issuance of the occupant load card and SLGA liquor permit. 

During the occupant load assessment, Burns Fire Code Solutions will review other general fire code violations commonly encountered in assembly occupancies. This can assist in avoiding delays in receiving your liquor permit. 

Contact me now to discuss booking an occupant load assessment.