Is every exterior door of a house required to have a landing outside?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A landing is required outside each exterior door of a home. Sometimes the rule is misinterpreted as meaning at the required egress (emergency exit) door, but a landing is necessary at all exterior doors. The exterior door in the photo above is a back door into the yard from a master bedroom and should have a landing. Here’s what the Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) says:

    The floor or landing at an exterior door should not not be more than 1-1/2” below the threshold, except that the step down at an exterior landing can be as much as 7-3/4”, provided that the door (other than a screen or storm door) does not swing over the landing.

    Also, there is one exception to this standard: a landing is not required when a stair with two or less risers is located at the exterior side of the door. 

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