November 29, 2017
Hello there. Not sure if this goes here or in Fire Regulations, so apologies if duplicate post.
I currently have a small in-home childcare with children 2.5-5.5 and up to 6 children at any one time. I am trying to expand into a large family childcare with the same ages of 2.5-5.5, but up to 12 children at any one time. For this expansion, I must get a fire clearance, but the fire inspector states that large childcare/daycares are only permitted in R-3 buildings. In my city, most residences are 3 units or more, so this makes it rather challenging. These triplexes often have 2 forms of egress, a direct entrance to the unit, and some are even fully sprinklered. We're located in San Francisco.
I've asked for the specific regulation that disallows childcares from R-2 buildings, but to no avail. Can someone offer any insight here? If the building meets all the safety requirements, then can I get a waiver or file for an exemption from this requirement?
Please help with this.
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