What is the building code requirement for receptacle outlets at stairs and stair landings?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


The Florida Building Code (FBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) have requirements for installation of receptacle outlets in the following rooms of a house:

    Stairs and stair landings are not on the list. Hallways and foyers have separately listed receptacle outlet requirements. We know of no prohibition against wall receptacles at a stair or landing, but receptacles are not required. What is required by the building code is three-way switched lighting at the top and bottom landing of the stairs.

    Also, see our blog posts What is the lighting requirement for stairs? and A light is required over a stair after how many steps/risers? 

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about STAIRS:

What is the minimum headroom clearance for stairs?

Is a landing always required at the top and bottom of stairs? 

When is a railing required at stairs?

What is the building code for the minimum height of stair steps (risers)? 

When is a nosing required on a stair tread?

Are open stair risers acceptable?

What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

Why is a single step dangerous in a house?

 Do I need stairs at all exit doors from a mobile home? 

The stairs feel too steep. What's the building code? 

• What do home inspectors check when inspecting stairs?

• What is the longest stair run allowed? 

• When is safety glass required for windows at stairs and stair landings?

    Visit our STAIRS and ELECTRICAL pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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