Project Categories: Renovations - Mercantile, Business and Place of Assembly

Renovation projects of this type are listed below. The project work scope may include the entire building or spaces within a mixed use building:

  • Assembly Group A occupancy classifications, as listed in BC 303: buildings or spaces including but not limited to theaters, concert halls, cabarets, restaurants, exhibition halls, etc. with 75 or more persons.

  • Business Group B occupancy classifications, as listed in BC 304: buildings or spaces including but not limited to public, civic, and professional offices, libraries, banks, colleges  and service-oriented establishments.

  • Mercantile Group M occupancy classifications, as listed in BC 309: buildings or spaces for the display and sale of merchandise to the public including but not limited to department stores, markets, retail or wholesale stores, malls, gas stations, etc.

Renovation of a Mercantile, Business and/or Place of Assembly establishment involves changes to an existing building for renovation, remodeling, or renewal of an outdated or damaged structure, or associated equipment and materials, which may include partial demolition and reconfiguration or replacement of interior partitions. Building renovations can also include the installation, repair or replacement of building systems, exterior façade, sidewalk vaults, etc.

Any construction on an existing building that requires the issuance of an amended or new Certificate of Occupancy or a new Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation must be submitted as an alteration project. Changes resulting in a major alteration to path(s) of egress require the issuance of a new Certificate of Occupancy per AC 28-118.3.3. Changes in the occupant load which are inconsistent with the existing Certificate of Occupancy would also mandate a new or amended Certificate of Occupancy per AC 28-118.3.2.

A Mercantile, Business and/or Place of Assembly renovation project could be a complete gut or a partial renovation of the building, provided no new Certificate of Occupancy or Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is required, and may include:

  • Gut Renovation.  Construction that renovates and/or remodels an existing building’s interior or exterior. Work typically consists of the complete removal or replacement of interior partitions and walls, the removal and replacement of ceiling systems, floor finishes, interior doors and frames, the replacement of plumbing, sprinkler, mechanical and electrical systems, modifications to existing structure and exterior wall systems, replacement of roof systems, windows and/or exterior doors, facade work, exterior wall insulation, cabinets (millwork), and re-painting.

  • Renovations & Build-outs of Manufacturing Spaces.  The improvement of portions of designated interior building space which may include several floors or portions of floors and may encompass:

  • Interior work with new or relocated partitions, doors, ceiling systems, floor finishes, exterior siding, and/or modification, additions, or repairs to a building’s plumbing, sprinkler, and/or electrical systems, and/or the upgrade, supplementing or replacement of mechanical systems such as hot water heaters, boilers, mechanical HVAC systems A/C unit and associated ducts, dampers, sleeves, piping and associated floor/wall sleeves for penetrations.

  • Exterior work such as the replacements of doors, exterior windows, roofs, exterior siding, and repair or replacement of exterior siding, etc.

  • Moderate Renovation.  Construction renovation of a substantial amount of existing building space, but less than a gut renovation as described above.

  • Minor Renovation.  Construction renovation to a small limited space within an existing building that could consist of one or more of any items previously mentioned in these Guidelines.

Project Notes:

  • Renovation work could include the addition or modification of Building Systems projects. See Building Systems Project Guidelines.

  • Various renovation projects could be combined to form a larger project scope of work.

  • For Mixed Use Buildings, see Construction Project Guidelines relevant to that use; for example, refer to mercantile guidelines for a retail store in a building that is otherwise used for manufacturing

Project Categories

  1. Building Systems Installation & Modifications

  2. Renovations

  3. Construction Equipment

  4. Alterations

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