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Opinion: Exterior landings at stairs

Inquiry:

97-33

Subject:

Exterior landings at stairs

Code:

1994 UBC Section 1004.9

Submitted By:

MN B. O. Uniformity Committee

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date:

July, 18 1997

Question:

When converting a deck with exterior stairs to an enclosed porch or room addition, is a landing required on the exterior side of the door at the top of the stairs?

Answer:

Yes "when...exposed to the weather without adequate protection from a roof, eave, overhang or other covering to prevent moisture or water accumulation on the surface or at joints between members."

Division comments:

Yes, unless the only door is simply a screen door or storm door as permitted in exception 1.3.

Committee comments:

Adopted by Committee September 25, 1996 and ratified (as amended) at the 41st Annual Institute of Building Officials on January 17, 1997. Modified by the Division.

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