When the occupancy of an existing building is changed from any occupancy classification to residential, the following requirements shall be met:
The existing stairways and elevators may remain but shall be enclosed, in accordance with the requirements of Sections15-8-140" destination-id="JD_15-8-140">15-8-140 and 15-8-150" destination-id="JD_15-8-150">15-8-150. Stairs, passenger elevators, and escalators may be all placed in the same enclosure.
Boiler rooms and heating plants shall be enclosed, in accordance with Section15-8-190" destination-id="JD_15-8-190">15-8-190.
Exit signs and lights shall be provided, in accordance with Section13-160-700" destination-id="JD_13-160-700">13-160-700.
Means of egress lighting shall be provided, in accordance with Section13-160-660" destination-id="JD_13-160-660">13-160-660.
Fire alarm and extinguishing systems shall be provided, in accordance with Chapter15-16.
Height and area limitations shall be in accordance with Chapter13-48 for all additions. If the existing building already exceeds the height or area limitations for the new use, it may be changed to residential occupancy but it shall not be increased in height or area. If the height of the existing building exceeds 80 feet, the existing building shall comply with the High-Rise Code, Chapter 13-76. If the building being changed to residential use is a Type III-A building, over 55 feet high, the building shall comply with the High-Rise Code, Chapter 13-76 or with the sprinkler alternate.
Pipe shafts and ducts shall be enclosed, in accordance with Section15-8-160" destination-id="JD_15-8-160">15-8-160.
All residential buildings shall be provided with smoke detectors, as required in Chapter13-64.
All residential buildings over four stories in height shall be provided with self-closing devices on doors opening upon public corridors or stairs.
(Prior code § 78.1-16; Amend Coun. J. 6-14-95, p. 2841)