BCAB #1600 - Required Landings, Article 22.214.171.124.
April 21, 2004
Re: Required Landings, Article 126.96.36.199.
The subject building is a house with an attached garage. Access from the dwelling unit to the garage is through a door with its swing into the garage. The door swings over a stair, which has two risers.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 188.8.131.52. (1) states where a door swings toward a stair, the full arc of its swing shall be over a landing. Sentence 184.108.40.206.(4) states a landing shall be provided at the top of all exterior stairs, except that a landing may be omitted at a secondary entrance to a building containing a single dwelling unit provided the stair does not contain more than 3 risers.
The appellant considers the door between the garage and the dwelling unit to be a secondary entrance to the building and that the exemption stated in Sentence 220.127.116.11.(4) is applicable.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official considers that Sentence 18.104.22.168.(1) is applicable. This requires the full arc of the door swing to be over a landing.
Appeal Board Decision #1600
It is the determination of the Board that Sentence 22.214.171.124.(1) applies and a landing is required or the door must swing into the adjacent hallway. Sentence 126.96.36.199.(4) is not applicable because the door in question is not an exterior door.
George Humphrey, Chair