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SECTION 306 - REQUIREMENTS FOR GROUP F OCCUPANCIES

306.1 Group F Occupancies Defined. Group F Occupancies shall include the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for assembling, disassembling, fabricating, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, repair or processing operations that are not classified as Group H Occupancies. Factory and industrial occupancies shall include the following:

Division 1. Moderate-hazard factory and industrial occupancies shall include factory and industrial uses which are not classified as Group F, Division 2 Occupancies, but are not limited to facilities producing the following:

1. Aircraft.

2. Appliances.

3. Athletic equipment.

4. Automobiles and other motor vehicles.

5. Bakeries.

6. Alcoholic beverages.

7. Bicycles.

8. Boats.

9. Brooms and brushes.

10. Business machines.

11. Canvas or similar fabric.

12. Cameras and photo equipment.

13. Carpets and rugs, including cleaning.

14. Clothing.

15. Construction and agricultural machinery.

16. Dry cleaning and dyeing.

17. Electronics assembly.

18. Engines, including rebuilding.

19. Photographic film.

20. Food processing.

21. Furniture.

22. Hemp products.

23. Jute products.

24. Laundries.

25. Leather products.

26. Machinery.

27. Metal.

28. Motion pictures and television filming and videotaping.

29. Musical instruments.

30. Optical goods.

31. Paper mills or products.

32. Plastic products.

33. Printing or publishing.

34. Recreational vehicles.

35. Refuse incineration.

36. Shoes.

37. Soaps and detergents.

38. Tobacco.

39. Trailers.

40. Wood, distillation.

41. Millwork (sash and door).

42. Woodworking, cabinet.

Division 2. Low-hazard factory and industrial occupancies shall include facilities producing noncombustible or nonexplosive materials which, during finishing, packing or processing, do not involve a significant fire hazard, including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Nonalcoholic beverages.

2. Brick and masonry.

3. Ceramic products.

4. Foundries.

5. Glass products.

6. Gypsum.

7. Ice.

8. Steel products-fabrication and assembly.

For occupancy separations, see Table 3-B.

306.2 Construction, Height and Allowable Area.

306.2.1 General. Buildings or parts of buildings classed as Group F Occupancies because of the use or character of the occupancies shall be limited to the types of construction set forth in Table 5-B and shall not exceed, in area or height, the limits specified in Sections 504, 505 and 506.

306.2.2 Special provisions, Group F, Division 2 roof framing. In Division 2 Occupancies, the roof-framing system may be of unprotected construction.

306.3 Location on Property. For fire-resistive protection of exterior walls and openings, as determined by location on property, see Section 503.

306.4 Access and Exit Facilities. Exits shall be provided as specified in Chapter 10.

Access to, and egress from, buildings required to be accessible shall be provided as specified in Chapter 11.

306.5 Light, Ventilation and Sanitation. In Group F Occupancies, light, ventilation and sanitation shall be as specified in Chapters 12 and 29.

306.6 Shaft and Exit Enclosures. Exits shall be enclosed as specified in Chapter 10.

Elevator shafts, vent shafts and other openings through floors shall be enclosed, and the enclosure shall be as specified in Section 711.

EXCEPTION: In Group F, Division 2 Occupancies, exits shall be enclosed as specified in Chapter 10, but other through-floor openings need not be enclosed.

In buildings housing Group F Occupancies equipped with automatic sprinkler systems throughout, enclosures need not be provided for escalators where the top of the escalator opening at each story is provided with a draft curtain and automatic fire sprinklers are installed around the perimeter of the opening within 2 feet (610 mm) of the draft curtain. The draft curtain shall enclose the perimeter of the unenclosed opening and extend from the ceiling downward at least 12 inches (305 mm) on all sides. The spacing between sprinklers shall not exceed 6 feet (1829 mm).

306.7 Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems. When required by Section 904.2 or other provisions of this code, automatic sprinkler systems and standpipes shall be installed as specified in Chapter 9.

306.8 Special Hazards. For special hazards of Group F Occupancies, see Section 304.8.

Storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with the Fire Code.

Buildings erected or converted to house high-piled combustible stock or aerosols shall comply with the Fire Code.

Equipment, machinery or appliances which generate finely divided combustible waste or which use finely divided combustible material shall be equipped with an approved method of collection and removal. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in woodworking occupancies over 2,500 square feet (232.3 m²) in area containing such operations.

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