11B-206.4.1 Entrances and exterior ground floor exits.
All entrances and exterior ground-floor exits to buildings and facilities shall comply with Section 11B-404.
[2010 ADAS] 206.4.1 Public Entrances. In addition to entrances required by 206.4.2 through 206.4.9, at least 60 percent of all public entrances shall comply with 404.
1. Exterior ground floor exits serving smoke-proof enclosures, stairwells, and exit doors serving stairs only shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-404.
2. Exits in excess of those required by Chapter 10, and which are more than 24 inches (610 mm) above grade shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-404. Directional signage shall comply with Chapter 10, Section 1007.10.
Advisory 11B-206.4.1 Entrances and exterior ground floor exits Exception.
Exits in excess of those required by Chapter 10
and which are more than 24 inches above grade are exempted from the requirement for an accessible route complying with Section 404
. The 2013 CBC Section 1011.4
requires such a door to be identified by a tactile exit sign with the following words “EXIT STAIR DOWN” or EXIT STAIR UP”. In an emergency situation much time can be wasted if persons with disabilities must travel the full distance to the inaccessible exit door before there is a sign posted indicating that the exit door is inaccessible. Placing a directional sign or signs along the main accessible route or routes leading to the inaccessible exit door indicating the location of the nearest accessible exit door can save valuable travel time for persons with disabilities attempting to exit a building. The directional signs must comply with the requirements of Section 11B-703.5
for visual characters. ◼
ETA Editor's Note
The ADA requirements included at Subsection 11B-206.4.1 are provided for information. While the 2013 CBC scoping requirements are more inclusive in most cases, there are rare scenarios under which the ADA scoping requirements become more inclusive (e.g., if more than 40 percent of Public Entrances are more than 24 inches above grade).