Building Codes and Inspections/exterior entry/step


We are contemplating tiling over our existing back patio/breezeway. There is currently a three inch high landing at the door before the breezeway. Is there a standard measurement for this landing as well as any other standards we need to take into consideration? Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

Building code requirements are generally location specific, so be sure to check with the Building Code Official in the municipality in which the building is located. Landings are usually required unless less than two steps, which sounds like the case with your conditions. My suggestion is to try and either make a step or eliminated the 3" lip completely, as that seems like a tripping hazard. Regulations will indicate a maximum riser height which doesn't seems to be an issue in your case.

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Keith Fuller


I'm an ICC Certified Master Code Professional fielding general building code questions. My experience has been heavy in fire related issues.


I've been employed since 1985 as an inspector and plan reviewer, and am a municipal Assistant Building Official and Deputy fire Marshal. I've had fire service experience since 1972, having served as a three time Fire Chief and Fire Marshal in years past. The increasing workload, mandatory certifications, and continuing education requirements in recent years have caused me to concentrate my efforts on code related issues. I hold national fire service certifications as well.

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