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Section E3803.3 in the 2006 IRC

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  • Section E3803.3 in the 2006 IRC

    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
    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.

    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.

    Please pray for Wilson ("Daddy-O") and his family!

  • #2
    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 ?


    • #3

      My initial questions was / 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.

      Please pray for Wilson ("Daddy-O") and his family!


      • #4
        Door would not be requires but if it is there and electricity is supplied to the garage it would require a light.


        • #5
          as gregg stated, a man door, or "egress door is not required, most build them in for convenience.


          • #6
            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.