Accessible Routes, including Accessible Ramps

A continuous, unobstructed path that complies with Chapter 11 – Accessibility (Section 202).

There are a few exceptions to this rule, but generally Section 1010.1 applies to ramps used as a component of a means of egress. These provisions include (but are not limited to), the following:

  • All interior exit ramps must be enclosed in accordance with Section 1022.
  • Exit access ramps must be enclosed in accordance with Section 1009.3.
  • Ramps must be not steeper than 1:12.
  • The cross-slope must be not steeper than 1:48.
  • The minimum width must be 36 inches (914 mm) minimum(Section 1018.2).
  • The minimum headroom must be not be less than 80 inches (2032 mm).
  • Ramps shall have landings at the bottom and top of each ramp, points of turning, entrance, exits and at doors (Sections 1010.7.1 through 7.5).
  • Ramps with a rise greater than 6 inches (152 mm) must have handrails on both sides. Handrails to comply with Section 1012.

View other parts of the International Building Code (IBC) accessible means of egress:

Buildings need exit and emergency signs to identify parts of the accessible means of egress. An Accessible Exit Sign Project Initiative.

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