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Old 04-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Can anyone point to the code on this with regards to needing grade access not through the home?

I am trying to avoid adding this feature and am working with the city but cant find the info?


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Good luck trying to get around the code, do what they suggest or face the fine.

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not trying to get around the code but understand it ...

meaning what IF I added a fire escape but not the stairs from the deck to the ground ...

Trying to figure out options as well as see the actual code which I can not find...
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If you have a fire in the house then the people on the roof need to have an escape.
City does not have to show you the code being the code is the "Minimum acceptable level of safety".
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Is THIS the code part in question?

This really doesn't apply to too many situations, maybe for a third story or a second story underground, (haven't seen too many of those).

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It is an interesting question about whether or not you need to provide vertical egress on the second floor.
I think that it is not a part of the code in CA. but I have been known (on very rare occasions) to be wrong before.
I will check this out tomorrow with the local Building Department.
It could be that your local jurisdiction has come up with a novel way of making the home owners spend more money needlessly.
But I think it is just a misinterpretation of the code.

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Thanks for replys ..

Here is some addntl info.

We have a 2nd floor deck with no stairs on it, only access is through sliding glass door in kitchen, and want to run exterior stairs from this deck to the roof deck.
The original stairs for the roof were inside the home and we had them taken out during interior remodel.

During submission, the city said we need to have stairs also go from 2nd deck to ground for egress which we did not want to do.

This brings up a whole new can of worms because the 2nd floor deck is not big enough for 2 sets of stairs without considerable modification.

I am just trying to better understand how this would be different than what I have now which is a deck with no stairs going down. Cant seem to find any info on this.

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Oh I get it now. The link I posted is the correct one then.
I can't find anything on your specific situation other than the previous link posted.

I think the city is asking for more than what is the spirit of the code but hey, they can do that and you can fight it if you want.

You might win too but. You could have an attorney send them a letter saying that you are thinking of taking them to court over the matter. That might get them to interpret it a little closer to what you want but it might not also.

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