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Determining Occupancy Load

With businesses re-opening under new guidelines set forth by the Governor, we have had a lot of questions concerning determining occupancy limits. Whether your business is set to open at 50% or 25% of normal capacity, we have have information to help you determine what your new occupancy load is under these orders.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division developed a resource in May of 2020 which sets forth common occupant load factors based on the various settings. This document was used to develop the following formulas for you to make your occupancy load determination. To help understand how this works, we have a couple of examples.

Salons and barber shops fall under the classification of "Offices & Businesses." 

*Salons (new- on or after Marsh 31, 2020)- 150 sq. ft. per person

*Salons (exisitng- before March 31, 2020) - 100 sq. ft. per person

To determine the 25% occupancy load:

Length x Width of Customer Service Area = Total Square Footage

Total Square Footage / 150 Sq. ft. per person for new or 100 sq. ft. per person for exitistng = Normal Occupancy Load

Normal Occupancy Load / 4 =  25% Occupancy Load

For other mercantile settings that have been ordered to open at 50% occupancy, please use the following to make your determination:

Length x Width of Customer Service Area = Total Square Footage

Total Square Footage / 150 Square Feet Per Person = Normal Occupancy Load

Normal Occupancy Load / 2 =  50% Occupancy Load

Please refer to the Occupant Load Determination resource for more information by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Administrative Office at (218) 499-4258.

 

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