The fire marshal recently failed the club's license to operate with more than 49 persons present because the primary entrance opens inward. This entrance is a character defining feature according to the historic survey funded by the national park service. Changing this would significantly alter the character of the building.
Subsequent to that, the fire marshal changed his tune to failing the structure for use by more than 49 persons pending an engineering report to be provided by the club stating that the club is structurally sound as an assembly structure. The building will not meet current codes for an assembly structure.
Does the fire marshal have this much authority? Any Ideas for how to deal with this?