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Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Establishes Guidelines for Determining Occupancy Levels

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According to Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-18 regarding reopening Texas, some reopened businesses are required to reduce occupancy levels for a period of time. However, some local businesses may not have an established occupancy load as part of their city-issued Certificate of Occupancy. To assist, the City of Longview Development Services has established a basic guideline for determining recommended occupancy levels.

This provides guidance to various businesses including assembly-type businesses (such as restaurants and theatres), mercantile and retail establishments, and business type establishments (such as professional services or offices). 

The guideline is for purposes of calculating allowable occupancy in compliance with the Governor’s orders and is a general rule of thumb, only.  It is not the exact calculation for determining maximum occupancy used by Longview Development Services under normal circumstances, which includes other factors such as exiting and available restrooms.

For questions related to occupancy please contact Development Services at 903-237-1060. If the line is busy please leave a detailed message and the call will be returned promptly.

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