Occupant Load Determination

(1)  The occupant load of a floor area or part of a floor area, or of a building or part of a building not having a floor area, shall be based on,

    (a)   the number of seats in an assembly occupancy having fixed seats,

    (b)   two persons per sleeping room or sleeping area in a dwelling unit or suite, or

    (c)   the number of persons,

             (i)   for which the area is designed, or               

(ii) determined from Table for occupancies other than those described in Clauses (a) and (b)

(2)  If a floor area or part of it has been designed for an occupant load other than that determined from Table, a permanent sign indicating that occupant load shall be posted in a conspicuous location.

    (3)  For the purposes of this Article, mezzanines, tiers and balconies shall be regarded as part of the floor area.

    (4)  If a room or group of rooms is intended for different occupancies at different times, the value to be used from Table shall be the value that gives the greatest number of persons for the occupancies concerned.

    (5)  Except as provided by Sentence (6) or (7), in dining, alcoholic beverage and cafeteria spaces the occupant load shall be determined from Table

    (6)  The occupant load in Sentence (5) is permitted to be the number of persons for which the space is designed.

    (7)  The occupant load in Sentence (6) shall be not more than that determined by using an area of 0.6 m2 per person.


Article Ontario Regulation 332/12 Building Code,   Information published by oncodes.ca for educational purposes only.