I am wondering if an "Animal Hospital" is a "business" occupancy or another type? The one being built here is 12,200 sq/ft and would be mainly for large animals. I am curious what would be the occupancy and would it need a sprinkler system?
You can rule out Institution or health care occupancies. So business occupancies for the treatment areas and offices seems plausible. If you are boarding the animals and feed in the same building, it may be plausible to use storage occupancies.
A fire sprinkler system may be required to comply with the construction type of the building and the occupancy classification per the building codes.
In terms of NFPA 101, sprinklers check with subsection _.1.6 of the applicable occupancy chapters for building's construction type requiring sprinkler protection. Also with subsection _.3.5 of the occupancy chapters for the required extinguishing systems based on the occupancy criteria.
Excerpts from new business occupancies NFPA 101.
"38.1.6 Minimum Construction Requirements.(No requirements.)"
"38.3.5 Extinguishment Requirements. Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided in every business occupancy in accordance with 188.8.131.52."
Excerpts from new storage occupancies NFPA 101.
42.1.6 Minimum Construction Requirements. (No requirements.)
42.3.5 Extinguishment Requirements.(No requirements.)
To me based on the NFPA 101, a 12,200 sf single story building housing a mixed business occupancy and possibly storage occupancy there are no requirements for an automatic sprinkler system.
Based on the information provided, I tried to be comprehensive with my answer, but there always is a possibility of missing something.
I can not speculate what the local building codes and regulations are for the fire protection of the building.
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