SOS! SoCal RCFE Means of egress


I hope you can help me determine if this proposal is possible.

Im applying for fire clearance for Group R3.1, 5 non-amb and only 1 bedridden.


The fire inspector says kitchen has to be isolated from the exit routes with either a wall or a self-closing fire rated door which makes the daily travel around the house a pain (esp for wheelchairs). However, insp only gives verbal comments and wont reply on email. He says, the code is dependent on the fire marshall's interpretation, which in this case, he says, he is. To make it worse, any other interpretation will be useless as inspectors are assigned by area making him the final inspector to review the facility after the construction.


Im totally lost on these codes and even more the processes.

Any tips?



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