Landing Requirements for California Doors within Residential Structures
In the year 2007, the California Building Code regulations states that every door for all occupancies must now have a level floor or landing on either side. Doors within residential buildings do have some exceptions. This blog on California doors applies to every door within individual units only and is not about the requirements of any shared doors within multi-family residential or commercial structures.
There must be a floor or landing on either side. These floors or landings must be level, and if any exterior landings come with a slope, it should not exceed 0.25 unit vertical to 12 units horizontal. All thresholds cannot exceed 0.75” on any sliding doors or 0.5” for any other type of doors. Thresholds which are above 0.25” must come with bevelled edges. Landings must not be smaller than the width of a door or stairway, whichever is the greater. Landings must be a minimum length of 36 inches in the direction travelled.
Doors that are in the fully opened position are not permitted to reduce the required dimension of more than 7 inches. For sliding doors, that come with one moveable panel, and one or above fixed panels, then landings do not need fixed panel or panels; nonetheless, all the requirements mentioned above will still apply. A door can be opened on the top step of an interior set of stairs, as long as the door does not go over the top first step. For places which are not required to be accessible, there can be one step down to the outside landing, as long as the door does not go over the landing, and the steps down do not go over 7.75” from the surface to the top of a threshold. Screen and storm doors are permitted to swing over the likes of landings, steps or stairs.
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