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Wheelchair platform lifts

Inquiry:

00-02

Subject:

Wheelchair platform lifts

Code:

1999 SBC 1307.0065, Subpart 21

Submitted By:

Minnesota State Council on Disability, City of Plymouth

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date:

March 2, 2000

Question:

Are platform lifts restricted to two stops with doors on opposite ends of the platform?

Answer:

No. Although two stop lifts with doors on opposite ends of the platform are the preferred, most effective and universally functional design, other configurations may be approved as modifications when design features in excess of the minimum requirements of MSBC 1307 are provided which assure independent and unassisted use of the lift. For example, if a stop creates a condition where it is necessary for a wheelchair user to back off the lift, an automatic opening door at that stop would allow the individual to independently exit the lift by backing off the platform. Therefore, the provision of automatic opening doors, when provided in addition to the minimum code requirements for lifts, would allow lifts to have more than two stops or stops on the same side of the platform.

Approved by the Building Codes and Standards Interpretation Committee

Division Comments:

1341.1640, Items A, B and C apply generally to all rooms, spaces and areas of the dwelling unit. Item D applies to kitchens and Item E to toilet and bathing rooms. Appliances located outside of the kitchen area such as a water heater, water softener, furnace, washer/dryer or laundry tub are not addressed in dwelling units.

Approved by the Building Codes and Standards Interpretation Committee.

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