Retrofit legal responsibilities
Retrofit legislation as described in Part 9 of the Fire Code addresses the upgrade of existing buildings. Under Part 9 of the Fire Code, corrective action may require some construction, renovations or additions. The owner must submit plans, obtain necessary permits, and have all of the work approved by the local Building Code officials. The buildings concerned include:
- assembly occupancies,
- rooming houses,
- health-care facilities, and
- multi-unit residential buildings.
Since the application of these regulations, all City of Greater Sudbury health-care facilities, most local rooming houses and some urban-assembly occupancies have completed the retrofit process.
To date, most high-rise apartments have been inspected and are in various stages of completing compliance with the Code. Because there are more buildings than resources, it may take years before some of these structures meet minimum safety standards.
Residential buildings with two dwelling units must also meet the retrofit safety regulations. They must have:
- an electrical inspection by and subsequent approval from Ontario Hydro,
- inter-connected smoke alarms,
- fire separations and
- adequate exits.