The building code requires that new work meets current accessibility standards AND requires spending up to 25% of the value of a project on improving the access to and within an establishment. This "25% rule" applies to changes of occupancy as well as remodeling projects. The code lists the order of priority for improvements:
1. accessible parking,
2. an accessible entrance,
3. an accessible route within the building,
4. at least one accessible restroom for each sex or a single unisex restroom, etc.
For more information on accessibility requirements, speak to a Life Safety Reviewer.
Since a Live/Work project typically does not involve any construction beyond improvements required by the appeals, accessibility improvements are not likely to be extensive.
Life Safety Reviewers are the city staff who work on building code issues and who would be assisting you with the building code appeal process. Life Safety Reviewers are available in person in the Development Services Center and by phone at (503) 823-1456.