(Amended by Ord. No. 171,175, Eff. 7/25/96.)
No change shall be made in the character of occupancies or use of any building that would place the building in a different division of the same group of occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, unless such building is made to comply with the requirements of this code for such division or group of occupancy. (Amended by Ord. No. 180,619, Eff. 5/12/09.)
Any assembly occupancy in a building constructed prior to October 6, 1933, shall not be expanded or arranged to accommodate a larger number of occupants than that for which it was previously authorized by the Department unless the entire building conforms to the provisions of Division 16, Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC. (Amended by Ord. No. 185,587, Eff. 7/16/18.)
The Department may allow a change of use or increased occupant load within the same division of an occupancy group without requiring compliance with all the applicable requirements of the Code if it is found that the change in use or increased occupant load as well as any conditions established by the Department will not result in an overall increase in hazard to life, limb, health, property or public welfare.