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7.2 Certificate of Occupancy

No new building or portion thereof shall be occupied until the regional fire protection engineer has issued a certificate of occupancy to the GSA Project Manager. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of any violation of a Code or GSA design standard or criteria.

Once the regional fire protection engineer has ensured that to the best of their knowledge all fire protection and life safety systems have been completed, inspected, successfully tested and approved and all outstanding fire and life safety deficiencies have been corrected to afford a reasonable degree of safety to the building occupants from fire and similar emergencies, a certificate of occupancy will be issued to the GSA Project Manager.

The regional fire protection engineer is authorized to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy. This certificate shall allow partial occupancy of specific areas, prior to completion of the building. All life safety and fire protection systems serving the areas proposed for occupancy and all floors below shall be completed, inspected, successfully tested and approved by the regional fire protection engineer. The temporary certificate of occupancy shall identify the specific area(s) of the building where occupancy is permitted. Following the issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy, the regional fire protection engineer shall set a time frame for the completion, inspection, testing and approval of all life safety and fire protection systems, and the correction of any outstanding life safety and fire protection deficiencies. Upon completion, inspection, successful testing and approval of all fire protection and life safety systems and correction of all outstanding fire and life safety deficiencies, the regional fire protection engineer will issue a certificate of occupancy for the entire building to the GSA Project Manager.

 


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