When is a house not required to have an attic access hatch?
Friday, December 6, 2019
Essentially, a house is not required to have an attic access opening when the attic is too small for a person to enter and move around inside. Here’s the two minimum requirements:
1) Attic area exceeds 30 square feet, and
2) Minimum vertical height of 30 inches, measured from the top of the ceiling framing members to the bottom of the roof framing members.
If the attic space is smaller than these specs, then an access hatch is not required, according to both the International Residential Code (IRC) and the Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC). To learn more about it, go to our blog post What is the building code requirement for an attic access hatch, scuttle, or door? Also, you might want to read What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic?
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