When does code require an attic pull-down ladder to be installed?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
There is no code requirement for an attic ladder, and having an appliance such as a water heater, furnace, or air handler in the attic does not change it. The code does, however, have requirements for the size of the access opening, minimum height above the opening, lighting, and a clear walkway to any appliances. The relevant sections of the International Residential Code (IRC) are R807.1 and M1305.1.3.
Also, see our blog posts What is the building code requirement for an attic access hatch, scuttle, or door? and What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder? and What are the building code requirements for installing an appliance (furnace, air handler, water heater) in the attic?
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