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## What is the occupant load factor for a restaurant?

To determine the occupant load, you measure the square footage of a given area and divide it by the allowed square feet per person. For example, a 500 square-foot kitchen would have an occupant load of 5 people, given the maximum of 100 square feet per person listed in the table above.

## What is the occupancy for restaurant?

Assembly (Group A) – places used for people gathering for entertainment, worship, and eating or drinking. Examples: churches, restaurants (with 50 or more possible occupants), theaters, and stadiums.

What information is needed to determine the occupant load for a single use occupancy?

The occupancy load is calculated by dividing the area of a room by its prescribed unit of area per person. Units of area per person for specific buildings can be found in the chart at the end of this article. For instance, the chart dictates that dormitories require 50 square feet of floor area for every room occupant.

What is an occupancy sign?

Occupancy load refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function. The occupancy load must be posted on signs, which are sometimes called maximum occupancy signs, so that this information is publicly available.

### How is restaurant occupancy percentage calculated?

For example, consider a restaurant with 50 tables. From 19:00 to 20:00, 40 of those tables are occupied. Average dining time is one hour. Therefore table occupancy equals 40 X 1 / 50 X 1 = 40/50 = 80%.

### How do you calculate room occupancy?

What is the appropriate occupant load factor?

The minimum occupant load is defined by section 7.3. 1.2 of the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101). For “business use” areas, the occupant load factor shall not be less than 100 square feet per person.

Occupant Load: The total number of people that might occupy a building or space at any one time. The occupant load reflects the maximum number of people anticipated to occupy the building rooms or spaces at any given time and under all possible situations.

## What is 25% capacity in a restaurant?

Twenty-five percent seating means that you can only fill up to 25% of your restaurant’s legal occupancy at any point in time. This does not include bar seats, so exclude any seats at the bar from your indoor dining calculations.

## What should be the occupant load factor for a restaurant?

Besides needing to know this for egress, the owners want to know how much seating they can put into the space. I know the dining and bar area qualifies as Unconcentrated Assembly (tables and chairs): 15 net sf per occup. But the remainder of the space is a hallway that leads from the dining area to two restrooms and two storage rooms.

What does occupancy load mean on a building sign?

“Occupancy Load” refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function. The occupancy load must be posted on signs and publicly available.

Do you have to post maximum occupancy on signs?

The occupancy load must be posted on signs, which are sometimes called maximum occupancy signs, so that this information is publicly available. To exceed occupancy load or fail to post-occupancy load signs in the required places can result in fines and is a serious safety hazard.

### What makes a restaurant an assembly occupancy?

3.3.190.2* Assembly Occupancy. An occupancy (1) used for a gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation, or similar uses… Restaurants having an occupant load of less than 50 are classified as a mercantile occupancy and must meet lesser requirements.