BCAB #1295 - Lighting Outlet at Building Entrance, Article

October 22, 1992

BCAB #1295

Re: Lighting Outlet at Building Entrance, Article

Project Description

The project in question is a new row townhouse development.

Reason for Appeal

Article requires a lighting outlet with fixture controlled by a wall switch inside the building at every entrance to buildings of residential occupancy. No fixture has been provided at the sliding glass patio doors of these townhouse units.

Appellant's Position

The appellant contends that the sliding glass patio doors are not an entrance because no outside key lock is provided. You cannot use these doors as an entrance to the unit unless the door has been unlocked from the interior. He claims that based on thirty years experience and thousands of previous installations his interpretation is correct.

Building Official's Position

The building official maintains that an exterior light with an interior switch is required because the sliding patio doors provide access to the dwelling units and are, therefore, entrances. The lack of an exterior key lock is not relevant.

Appeal Board Decision #1295

It is the determination of the Board that a grade level patio door, sliding or swinging, constitutes an entrance within the intent of the code and an exterior light with interior wall mounted switch is required. The Board did not consider the absence of an exterior key to be relevant.

George R. Humphrey, Chair