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:
- Accessible routes (referred to as continuous accessible paths of travel in some legislation)
- Stairways (including interior exit, interior exit access and exterior exit stairways)
- Elevators (also referred to as passenger lifts in some countries)
- Platform lifts
- Horizontal exits
- Areas of Refuge
- Exterior area for assisted rescue
- Two-way communication
- Accessible signage
- Directional signage
- Where an exit stairway forms part of the accessible means of egress is must include either an ‘area of refuge’or an exterior ‘area for assisted rescue’