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The provisions of Sections 1114.1 through 1114.27 shall apply to every existing high-rise building of any type of construction or occupancy having floors (as measured from the top of the floor surface) used for human occupancy located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) above the lowest floor level having building access.
Exceptions:
  1. Hospitals, as defined in Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code.
  2. The following structures, while classified as high-rise buildings, shall not be subject to the provisions of Sections 1114.1 through 1114.27, but shall conform to all applicable provisions of these regulations.
    1. 2.1. Building used exclusively as open parking garages.
    2. 2.2. Buildings where all floors above the 75 foot (22 860 mm) level are used exclusively as open parking garages.
    3. 2.3. Floors of buildings used exclusively as open parking garages and located above all other floors used for human occupancy.
    4. 2.4. Buildings such as power plants, look-out towers, steeples, grain houses, and similar structures, when so determined by the enforcing agency.
    5. 2.5. Buildings used exclusively for jails and prisons. For the purposes of this section, "building access" shall mean an exterior door opening conforming to all of the following:
      1. Suitable and available for fire department use.
      2. Located not more than 2 feet (610 mm) above the adjacent ground level.
      3. Leading to a space, room or area having foot traffic communication capabilities with the remainder of the building.
      4. Designed to permit penetration through the use of fire department forcible-entry tools and equipment unless other approved arrangements have been made with the fire authority having jurisdiction.
"Existing high-rise structure" means a high-rise structure, the construction of which is commenced or completed prior to July 1, 1974.
For the purpose of this section, construction shall be deemed to have commenced when plans and specifications are more than 50 percent complete and have been presented to the local jurisdiction prior to July 1, 1974. Actual construction of such buildings shall commence on or before January 1, 1976, unless all provisions for new buildings have been met.
Note: It is the intent of this section that, in determining the level form which the highest occupied floor is to be measured, the enforcing agency should exercise reasonable judgment, including consideration of overall accessibility to the building by fire department personnel and vehicular equipment. When a building is situated on sloping terrain and there is building access on more than one level, the enforcing agency may select the level which provides the most logical and adequate fire department access.

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