View Full Version : Section E3803.3 in the 2006 IRC

globe trekker
July 17th, 2012, 16:21
From Section E3803.3 in the 2006 IRC: Additional locations.

At least one wall-switch-controlled lighting outlet shall be installed
in hallways, stairways, attached garages, and detached garages
with electric power. At least one wall-switch-controlled lighting outlet
shall be installed to provide illumination on the exterior side of each
outdoor egress door having grade level access, including outdoor
egress doors for attached garages and detached garages with electric
power. A vehicle door in a garage shall not be considered as an
outdoor egress door. Where one or more lighting outlets are installed
for interior stairways, there shall be a wall switch at each floor level
and landing level that includes an entryway to control the lighting
outlets where the stairway between floor levels has six or more risers.

Exception: In hallways, stairways, and at outdoor egress doors, remote,
central, or automatic control of lighting shall be permitted.

QUESTION: Is an egress door "required" in detached, accessory
structures? Please cite any applicable code sections. Thanks ya'll ! :)
We are using the 2006 Edition of the IRC.


July 17th, 2012, 16:34
how you going to get in without an ingress ? i digress, please accept my apology. are you asking if illumination is required at a door on an accessory structure ? or is the question about ingress/egress. maybe give more details ?

globe trekker
July 17th, 2012, 16:44

My initial questions was / is, ..is an egress door "required" on a
detached accessory structure, such as, for a detached Garage?

As I understand Section E3803.3, if an egress door (other than
the main roll-up type door) is required, then an additional lighting
outlet would be required on the outside of the egress door.


Gregg Harris
July 17th, 2012, 17:21
Door would not be requires but if it is there and electricity is supplied to the garage it would require a light.

July 18th, 2012, 09:21
as gregg stated, a man door, or "egress door is not required, most build them in for convenience.

Paul Sweet
July 18th, 2012, 12:25
I'd treat a detached accessory structure like a detached garage for purposes of this section. If it has electricity and a door, other than an overhead door, it needs a wall-switch-controlled light inside and outside. This section doesn't require the switches to be near the door, or even in the accessory building.