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John WilsonJohn Wilson
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  • Department Name: Perth Fire Services

In addition to what Vicki said, there is one other thing to consider regarding the lack of fire separation between the occupancies… what is the age of the building? The original OBC came in to effect in 1975, anything older than this it becomes an F Order like Vicki said. If the building is younger than 1975, it should have been built under a building permit with (typically) a 1 hr separation. From what I can see of the floor joists & bridging, that place could be as old as about 1970 and as new as into the 1990s but the steel studs are most definitely newer than 1975 so there should have been a building permit to construct that wall.

I would check with the Building Department for open files and if the age can be reasonably determined, discuss with the CBO if they want to tackle it under the BCA/OBC or if you do the F Order to have the separation created. Open communication between Building and Fire is super helpful all the time and emphasized in times like this. I’m fortunate, I wear both hats and am in both OBC and OFC all the time…