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Opinion: Clear floor space at water closets

Inquiry: 

99-04

Subject: 

Clear floor space at water closets

Code:

1999 MSBC 1341.0448, Subpart 2

Submitted By:

Building Codes and Standards Division

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date: 

May 3, 1999

Question:  

Can a lavatory or other permanent fixture or obstruction encroach into the clear floor space shown in Figure 28 for an accessible water closet?

Answer:

No. "Clear floor space" is defined in 1341.0350, Subpart 19 as unobstructed space which, unless otherwise stated, extends from the floor to a height of 80 inches above the floor.

Division comments:

Requirements specific to clear floor space for water closets in dwelling units is covered in 1341.1640, Item E, Subitem (2).

Approved by the Building Codes and Standards Interpretation Committee

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