What is the code minimum ceiling height in a bathroom?

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bathrooms must have a minimum ceiling height of 6 feet 8 inches. Where the ceiling is sloped, such as under a stairs, because the toilet fits in at the low side of the sloped ceiling under the stairs, the vertical clearance in front of it is the primary issue and there are exemptions. Here are the parameters you have to work within, based on the Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC R305) and the International Residential Code (IRC):

1) For a room with a sloped ceiling, at least half of the ceiling must be a minimum of 7-foot or higher, with no part of the required floor area lower than 5 foot.

2) There must be a minimum of 6-foot 8-inches height at the center of the front clearance area of the fixture. Minimum clearance in front of a toilet or sink is 21-inches, so the ceiling must be 6-foot 8-inches high at 10-1/2-inches away from the front of the toilet.

3) A shower or tub with a shower must have a ceiling height of 6 foot 8 inches over an area of not less than 30 inches by 30 inches at the showerhead.

4) The ceiling height directly above the bathroom fixtures must be sufficient for them “to be used for its intended purpose.” 

For the minimum ceiling heights for other areas, click: Basements  Bathtubs  Bedrooms  Hallways   Garages  Kitchens  Laundry Rooms  Showers  Tiny Houses  Toilet Rooms

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What is the difference between a plumbing fixture, a plumbing appliance, and a plumbing appurtenance?

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What is an "S-Trap" under my sink? Why is it a problem? 

What is a P-trap? 

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Does a half bathroom (no shower or tub) require an exhaust fan?

Is a shower pan leak test a required part of a home inspection? 

• Can I install a commercial (wall-mounted flushometer) toilet in my home?

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Can a bathroom exhaust fan dump air (discharge/terminate) in the attic?

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• My bathroom is stinky and humid even though it has an exhaust fan. What can I do to fix it?

Why is there a GFCI breaker in the electric panel for the bathroom shower light and exhaust fan?

My bathroom electric receptacle/outlet is dead and there are no tripped breakers in the electric panel. What's wrong?  

Why is there no bathroom electric receptacle in this old house?

Can you install a gas water heater in a bathroom?

• What is the minimum size of a shower? 

• Does a bathroom exhaust fan need to be GFCI protected by code? 

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How much space is necessary for a toilet between a vanity and shower? 

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