Frequent Questions

Does the RRP Rule apply to office buildings, stores, and other commercial buildings?

Question (23002-15688)

Does the RRP Rule apply to office buildings, stores, and other commercial buildings?

Answer

No, unless the renovation is taking place in a child-occupied facility that is located in a commercial building.  “Child-occupied facility’’ means a building, or portion of a building, constructed prior to 1978, visited regularly by the same child, under six years of age, on at least two different days within any week (Sunday through Saturday period), provided that each day’s visit lasts at least three hours and the combined weekly visits last at least 6 hours, and the combined annual visits last at least 60 hours.  Child-occupied facilities may include, but are not limited to, day care centers, preschools and kindergarten classrooms.  Child-occupied facilities may be located in target housing or in public or commercial buildings.

With respect to common areas in public or commercial buildings that contain child-occupied facilities, the child-occupied facility encompasses only those common areas that are routinely used by children under age six, such as restrooms and cafeterias.  Common areas that children under age six only pass through, such as hallways, stairways, and garages are not included.  In addition, with respect to exteriors of public or commercial buildings that contain child-occupied facilities, the child-occupied facility encompasses only the exterior sides of the building that are immediately adjacent to the child-occupied facility or the common areas routinely used by children under age six.

Areas of a building that fall outside this definition are not “child-occupied facilities” for purposes of the RRP rule. 

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