A child’s consecutive visits to a particular building (such as a hospital) can technically qualify that building as a child-occupied facility, even if the visits were an isolated or rare event. How long does such a building remain a child-occupied facility?
A building, or portion of a building, is defined as a child-occupied facility when visited regularly by the same child, under six years of age, on at least two different days within any week, provided that each day’s visit lasts at least three hours and the combined weekly visits last at least six hours, and the combined annual visits last at least 60 hours. The determination of whether a building is a child-occupied facility (i.e. whether a child under age six regularly visits the building as set forth above) requires an accounting of annual visits. Therefore, whenever a building meets the definition of a child-occupied facility, it remains so for at least a period of one year. After that period, it may be determined that the building no longer meets the definitions of a child-occupied facility.