When Is A Landing Required For Exterior Stairs?


All exterior doors shall have a landing immediately on the exterior side. These landings shall be as wide as the door and a minimum of 36 inches in the direction of travel. These landings must be no more than 8 inches below the interior floor level.


Stair landing should be provided at the top and bottom of each flight of exterior and interior stairs. Stair landing is needed where a doorway at the top of stair flight swings toward the stair, Figure 5 and Figure 6. For stairways with straight run that have an overall rise greater than 3.65m, an intermediate landing should be provided.

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Exterior Stairs

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Frequently Asked Questions

How high can stairs go without a landing?

12 feetA flight of stairs shall not have a vertical rise greater than 12 feet (3658 mm) between floor levels or landings.

What is the code for exterior stair landings?

Exterior stair landing code Exterior stair landings are part of the stair walking surface and must also comply with IBC section 1011.7.2 for stair walking surface for outdoor use. IBC Section 1011.7.2 requires that exterior stair landings must be designed so that water will not accumulate on the walking surface.

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