We have a new hospital finished in 2009. They recently underwent an inspection by the state that was supposed to have been done a year after C/O. So they were in some trouble straightaway. Among the things that need be corrected according to TDH are 3 rooms they are requiring to have a 1 hour rating and currently are not rated. The reason is that apparently under state rules any room used for soiled linen storage is required to be rated. The contractor has called me with questions regarding this as it will be difficult to do and will he be required to get a permit. My thought is no on the permit and that this would be between the hospital and what the state requires. My reasoning is thus. In the 09 IBC, T508.2.5 states that "waste and linen collection rooms over 100 square feet" shall be required to have a "1 hour fire rating or provide automatic fire extinguishing system" Since the building is sprinklered that should negate the requirements for the 1 hour rating. So if the state is asking for something to be beyond the scope of the Code I don't feel that it need be permitted. I might add that I don't really want to get involved either to be blunt.