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SECTION 1016 - GROUP A OCCUPANCIES

1016.1 Main Exit. Group A, Division 1, 2 or 2.1 Occupancies shall be provided with a main exit.

The main exit shall be of sufficient width to accommodate one half of the total occupant load but shall not be less than the total required width of all aisles, exit passageways and stairways leading thereto and shall connect to a continuous and unobstructed means of egress to a public way.

1016.2 Side Exits. Auditoriums of Group A, Division 1, 2 or 2.1 Occupancies shall be provided with exits on each side. The exits on each side of the auditorium shall be of sufficient width to accommodate one third of the total occupant load served. Side exits shall open directly to a public way or into an exit court, approved stairway, exterior stairway or exit passageway leading to a public way. Side exits shall be accessible from a cross aisle.

1016.3 Balcony Exits. Balconies having an occupant load of 10 or more shall be provided with a minimum of two exits. Balcony exits shall open directly to an exterior stairway or other approved stairway or ramp. When there is more than one balcony, exits shall open into an exterior or enclosed stairway or ramp. Balcony exits shall be accessible from a cross aisle. The number and distribution of exits shall be as otherwise specified in this chapter.

1016.4 Panic Hardware. Exit doors from Group A Occupancies having an occupant load of 50 or more shall not be provided with a latch or lock unless it is panic hardware.

EXCEPTIONS: 1. In Group A, Division 3 Occupancies and in all churches, panic hardware may be omitted from the main exit when the main exit consists of a single door or pair of doors. A key-locking device may be used in place of the panic hardware, provided there is a readily visible durable sign adjacent to the doorway stating THIS DOOR MUST REMAIN UNLOCKED DURING BUSINESS HOURS. The sign shall be in letters not less than 1 inch (25 mm) high on a contrasting background. When unlocked, the single door or both leaves of a pair of doors must be free to swing without operation of any latching device. When a pair of doors is installed, one leaf shall have no locking devices whatsoever, and the second leaf shall be arranged to latch or lock into the frame and into the first leaf in such a manner that a single unlocking action will unlock both leaves simultaneously. Flush, edge or surface bolts or any other type of device that may be used to close or restrain the door other than by operation of the locking device are prohibited. The use of this exception may be revoked by the building official for due cause.

2. Panic hardware may be waived on gates surrounding stadiums when the gates are under constant immediate supervision while the public is present, and provided safe dispersal areas based on 3 square feet (0.28 ) per occupant are located between the stadium and the fence. Gates may be horizontal sliding or swinging and may exceed the 4-foot-width (1219 mm) limitation. The required dispersal area shall be located not less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from the stadium.

1016.5 Multitheater Complex. The main exit from the multitheater complex shall be of sufficient width to accommodate one half of the aggregate occupant load of the complex.

Corridor walls and ceilings shall be of not less than one-hour fire-resistive construction with openings protected as required in Section 1005.8.

EXCEPTION: Opening protection is not required when each motion picture auditorium has at least one half of its required exits opening directly to the exterior or into an exit passageway.

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