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Occupant Capacity Certificates

Fire Marshal Division personnel will determine occupancy capacity and issue an official certificate for display.
An assembly occupancy shall be posted with an approved legible sign in contrasting colors conspicuously located near the main point of egress from the room or space stating the number of occupants permitted within such space. The number of occupants permitted shall be determined by the Code Official in a manner prescribed by the “Life Safety Code” (National Fire Protection Association Standard No. 101, 1994 Edition), which is incorporated by reference. Assembly rooms or spaces, which have multiple use capacity, shall be posted for all uses. The owner or manager of the occupancy shall be responsible for installing and maintaining the signs. (Anne Arundel County Fire Prevention Code, Article 15, Title 3)
An assembly occupancy is defined as an occupancy used for:
  • A gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation, or similar uses
  • An area used as a special amusement building, regardless of occupant load.



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