Day care Group I, Group E, or Group R3

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Under age 2-1/2 is an Institutional use group.  Although I think a day care could have 1 or 2 babies in home (R use groups) and be ok.

    Age 2-1/2 up to grade 12 is an Educational use group.  And any college, trade school, etc that's after high school is considered a Business use group.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Yvette Louka

    Read the explanation in IBC 308.5

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    Michael Ermann

    They each could be a correct answer for a day care.

    Fewer than five children of any age: R-3 "Residential" (often small daycares are in houses, and that's allowed) 

    Older than 2.5 years (and more than 5 children): E "Educational" 

    Younger than 2.5 years (and more than 5 children, but less than 100) and the childcare rooms sit on the level of discharge with exit doors in each room that lead directly outside: E "Educational" 

    Younger than 2.5 years (and more than 5 children) without the direct exit doors in each classroom: I-4 “institutional”

    *two other things to note. . .  (1) FYI (but feels too picky to be on a test), if the daycare is in a religious worship setting, and the children are only cared for during religious services, the primary occupancy of the house of worship (likely A-3) will also classify the daycare area. And (2) in these types of situations, you'll usually be given access to the code to make the call but daycare is spelled “day care” as two words in the code.

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