BCAB #1600 - Required Landings, Article 126.96.36.199.
April 21, 2004
Re: Required Landings, Article 188.8.131.52.
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 184.108.40.206. (1) states where a door swings toward a stair, the full arc of its swing shall be over a landing. Sentence 220.127.116.11.(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 18.104.22.168.(4) is applicable.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official considers that Sentence 22.214.171.124.(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 126.96.36.199.(1) applies and a landing is required or the door must swing into the adjacent hallway. Sentence 188.8.131.52.(4) is not applicable because the door in question is not an exterior door.
George Humphrey, Chair