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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the code for outdoor stairs?

Outdoor stair width code As a means of egress, outdoor stairs must meet all the requirements set forth in IRC section R311. 7.1 Width. Stairways shall not be less than 36 inches in clear width at all points above the permitted handrail heights and below the required headroom height.

Do garden steps need a handrail?

You don't necessarily need handrails for garden steps, but they can be designed in to go with the garden. When Robin and Margaret Marks added a handrail to their front garden steps, they made it part of the design by painting it the theme colour for their house and garden.

Which is the building code for exterior stairs?

Exterior stairs have special requirements and considerations for design and construction. The International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC) set the standards for exterior stairs. The building codes for exterior stairs establish the criteria for design, use, location, and construction of outdoor stairs.

Where does the IBC address exterior stair code?

The IBC addresses exterior egress stair code for commercial, multi-family residential not covered by the IRC, and industrial buildings. The IRC residential exterior stair code requirements are found in Chapter 3 Building Planning under Section R311.7 Stairways.

Why are the exterior egress stair requirements in place?

The exterior stair codes are similar as that for interior stairs, only that exterior stairs have a additional criteria for design, materials, location, and allowable use as a means of egress. Why are the exterior egress stair requirements in place?

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