What Are Maximum Occupancy Load Signs?

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The term “maximum occupancy” refers to the maximum number of people permitted within a specified room and is measured per foot for exit door width. The typical maximum floor area allowances per occupant equals 50 square feet, though this number can vary depending on the type of property. Maximum occupancy load signs communicate these guidelines for your commercial property and illustrate your commitment to a safe, productive environment. 

Why are Maximum Occupancy Load Signs Important? 

Maximum occupancy load signs are required by law and help maintain safety in your building. Knowing how many people can comfortably reside in one physical space helps you determine adequate work space configurations and evacuation procedures during an emergency. Failing to abide by maximum occupancy guidelines can result in over congested rooms that are hard to escape, not to mention potential fines for disregarding safety procedures. 

How is Maximum Occupancy Calculated?

In order to determine typical maximum floor area allowances per occupant, the maximum occupancy load must be calculated. This is done by dividing the total room area by the designated unit of area per individual. These variables change depending on the space in question, with tighter rooms allowing less area per person than bigger spaces. For example, a warehouse is likely to have a higher maximum occupancy load than a locker room. 

Maximum Occupancy Load Signs Tips

In order to keep your space safe and up to code, make sure your maximum occupancy load signs are:

  • Clearly displayed – Signs should be easily visible without blockages from furniture or equipment.
  • Easily legible – Signs should be easy to read preferably with bold, 1-inch block lettering on a contrasting background. For example, black text on a white background works great. Signs should also be free of visible damage such as rust or scratches.
  • Properly placed – Ideally, maximum occupancy signs should be hung near the exit at a minimum of 48 inches above the floor.

Stay Up to Code with The BrickKicker

Now that you know what are maximum occupancy load signs, be sure your space has the clear communications you need to keep people safe and avoid fines. Ensuring proper signage is an important part of any commercial inspection, so check off every box on your commercial property checklist with The BrickKicker! We provide thorough inspections to help you manage your space efficiently, so schedule an appointment with our team today.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox