Renovations: Manufacturing

The following is a list of useful terms to use when researching additional Manufacturing information on each of the topics discussed:


The design and construction of buildings for accessibility and use by persons with physical disabilities, complying with the Federal Housing Authority (HUD), BC Chapter 11 and ICC/ANSI A117.1.

Building Systems Work

The installation, modification, or upgrade of existing building systems; including plumbing, boiler, sprinkler, standpipe, fire alarm, HVAC, and fire suppression systems; these repairs must be included in the scope of work of the project.

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy (final) is issued for a building on completion of a project involving a change in occupancy or use, or when there are other changes that impact the existing Certificate of Occupancy. For more information see Reference AC 28-118.2.

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued for a limited duration of time, provided that the subject portion or portions of the building may be occupied and maintained in a manner that will not endanger public safety, health, or welfare. The Commissioner shall set a time period during which the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is valid.


Refers to quality assurance testing process that verifies and documents the selected building systems have been designed, installed, and function according to the Owner’s project requirements and construction documents, and to minimum Code requirements. Commissioning is mandatory when the total permitted equipment is greater than or equal to a total heating input capacity of 600,000 BTU/h and/or a total cooling capacity of 480,000 BTU/h.

Elevation in Flood Zones

Elevating a building to ensure that lowest occupied floor is above the flood levels per FEMA flood maps and as described in BC Appendix G and ZR Article VI, Chapter 4.

High Hazard Occupancy/Use Group

High-Hazard Group H occupancy includes, among others, the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, that involves the manufacturing, processing, generation or storage of materials that constitute a physical or health hazard in excess quantities, as per BC Tables 307(1) and 307(2). ZR Use Group 18 addresses hazardous materials.

Layout Changes

Changes to floor layouts that add, relocate, remodel, enlarge or reduce the size of interior spaces while maintaining the same building envelope.

Lot Line Windows

Exterior wall windows located on the side or rear property, zoning or tax lot lines. Depending on building type and building construction class, lot line windows require special code compliance review to determine the allowable window sizes, quantity, and fire protection needed.


Manufacturing establishments could include or similar. Many manufacturing occupancy classifications are listed in Building Code section BC 306, Group ‘F’ which include, but are not limited to moderate and low hazard factories, industrial processing plants, contractor facilities, auto & boat repairs, clothing manufacture, food processing, wrecking establishments, laboratories, etc., and BC 307 Group ‘H’ which include, but are not limited to the processing, manufacturing, or storage of materials which represent a high physical hazard or health hazard.

Per the Zoning Resolution, Manufacturing, as applied to building use, is a building with high performance standards. ‘Manufacturing’ can also describe the type of zoning district such as Use Group 17 for lower hazard industrial uses, Use Group 18 for higher hazard industrial uses, or Use Group 16 for semi-industrial uses.

Mixed Building

Per ZR 12-10, a mixed building is a building used partly for residential use and partly for community facility and/or commercial use, but not manufacturing.

Mixed Use/Mixed Occupancy

Per the Building Code, a building with a mixed use would contain two or more occupancy classifications.

Class A Multiple Dwelling – is occupied only for permanent residence purposes (occupancy of a dwelling unit by the same person or family for thirty consecutive days or more), such as but not limited to an apartment building, apartment hotels, studio apartments etc. Each Class A Dwelling Unit or apartment must have its own kitchen or kitchenette and its own full bathroom.

Class B Multiple Dwelling – is occupied transiently or as a temporary residence for individuals or families (occupancy of a dwelling unit for less than thirty consecutive days), such as but not limited to hotels, lodging houses, rooming houses, boarding houses, boarding schools, club houses, college and school dormitories.


Changes to an existing building, including the remodeling or replacing of outdated or damaged structure and materials, and the partial demolition of interior partitions; building renovations can also include the installation or replacement of building systems, devices or equipment, materials or parts, as part of regular maintenance of the building. Renovation projects do not impact the existing means of egress, do not change the use of the building or space, and do not increase the occupant load.

Project Categories:

  1. Building Systems Installation & Modifications

  2. Renovations

  3. Construction Equipment

  4. Alterations

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