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Is an attached garage required to have a door to the house or exterior?
Sunday, February 7, 2021
A garage is not considered a living space by the International Residential Code (IRC), so it’s not required to be connected to the house—although a door to the house is both convenient and typical. A person door to the exterior from the garage is also not required and, if installed, it is not allowed to be counted as an emergency egress route.
Additionally, removing the overhead garage door does not relieve you of the code requirements for garage fire separation from the house. See our blog posts What is the difference between a carport and a garage? and What are the code requirements for fire separation between an attached garage and the house? for more on this.
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