June 3, 2016
I understand that there is a difference between bar and restaurant occupant loading. My question is, does the code define “bar” and “restaurant”. The plans examiner is defining this space as a bar because it is named Doomsday Brewery. To classify a space by the name is pretty arbitrary. If they changed their name to Doomsday Restaurant it now is a restaurant? That doesn’t make sense.
Since they don’t serve hard liquor and a minor can sit anywhere in the space including the bar/counter it would seem a restaurant is a more appropriate classification. Thoughts?
Thanks for your response.
April 19, 2015
The difference between a ‘Bar’ and a ‘Restaurant’ in the Code is differentiated by the Occupant Load calculations.
Assembly Occupancy (A-2) Occupant Load calculations from IBC section 1004 differ based on how the A-2 space is used.
A ‘Restaurant’ Occupant Load is normally calculated based on ‘un-concentrated tables and chairs’ and calculated at 15 square feet per person.
A “Bar’ Occupant Load is normally calculated based on a ‘Standing Space’ and calculated on 5 square feet per person.
A 1000 square foot ‘restaurant’ space would have a calculated occupant load of 67 based on IBC 1004.
A 1000 square foot ‘bar’ space would have a calculated occupant load of 200 based on IBC 1004….and would require the building to have an automatic fire sprinkler system to comply with IBC 903.
The plans examiner is probably correct in his review, and that your occupant load is actually greater than you propose.
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