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Unfortunately there is not was of knowing when a municipality and its fire marshal will decide to be over zealous and make a home based business install fire doors. What you need to be aware of is they have the right to inspect any home business and some point will likely pay you a visit.
The information I have past on to other clients is that even if you have low foot traffic there is a chance your premises will be inspected. The option is to either install fire doors or operate your business at wait and see what happens. Some clients have never seen or heard from the fire marshal, some do. The trend is that the lower volume of clients and the nature of the business the less likely the fire marshal pays a visit, but that just happens to be a trend and is not something anyone can take to the bank.
Also the chance is higher if you are in a residential part of town but most homes are used for commercial business. In otherwords, old homes are converted to business space.
Usually the bigger issue is with the neighbors and an HOA if you are governed by one.
Hope this helps.
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