Every existing building shall be so constructed and maintained as to support safely the loads prescribed in Chapter 13-52 of this Code, except that in building of mercantile, industrial or storage occupancies the department of buildings and fire commissioner may permit occupancy of buildings having lower load-bearing capacity, when satisfied that such capacity will not be exceeded by the specific occupant. Such approved floor loads shall be posted as required in Section 13-52-190.
In buildings where the safe load-bearing capacity is in doubt, owing to deterioration of materials or other reasons, the building commissioner and fire commissioner shall require load tests to determine the safe bearing capacity. Such load tests shall comply with the requirements of Section 13-120-110.
(Prior code § 78-4; Amend Coun. J. 9-13-89, p. 4604; Amend Coun. J. 6-14-95, p. 2841; Amend Coun. J. 3-5-03, p. 104990, § 39; Amend Coun. J. 11-13-07, p. 14999, Art. II, § 1)