Door openings shall provide a clear width of 32 inches (813 mm) minimum. Clear openings of doorways with swinging doors shall be measured between the face of the door and the stop, with the door open 90 degrees. Openings more than 24 inches (610 mm) deep shall provide a clear opening of 36 inches (914 mm) minimum. There shall be no projections into the required clear opening width lower than 34 inches (864 mm) above the finish floor or ground. Projections into the clear opening width between 34 inches (864 mm) and 80 inches (2032 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall not exceed 4 inches (102 mm).
Minimum maneuvering clearances at doors and gates shall comply with Section 11B-404.2.4. Maneuvering clearances shall extend the full width of the doorway and the required latch side or hinge side clearance.
Swinging doors and gates shall have maneuvering clearances complying with Table 11B-404.2.4.1.
MANEUVERING CLEARANCES AT MANUAL SWINGING DOORS AND GATES
|TYPE OF USE||MINIMUM MANEUVERING CLEARANCE|
|Approach direction||Door or gate side||Perpendicular to doorway||Parallel to doorway (beyond latch side unless noted)|
|From front||Pull||60 inches (1524 mm)||18 inches (457 mm)5|
|From front||Push||48 inches (1219 mm)||0 inches (0 mm)1|
|From hinge side||Pull||60 inches (1524 mm)||36 inches (914 mm)|
|From hinge side||Push||44 inches (1118 mm)2||22 inches (559 mm)3|
|From latch side||Pull||60 inches (1524 mm)||24 inches (610 mm)|
|From latch side||Push||44 inches (1118 mm)4||24 inches (610 mm)|
- Add 12 inches (305 mm) if closer and latch are provided.
- Add 4 inches (102 mm) if closer and latch are provided.
- Beyond hinge side.
- Add 4 inches (102 mm) if closer is provided.
- Add 6 inches (152 mm) at exterior side of exterior doors.
Doorways less than 36 inches (914 mm) wide without doors or gates, sliding doors, or folding doors shall have maneuvering clearances complying with Table 11B-404.2.4.2.
MANEUVERING CLEARANCES AT DOORWAYS WITHOUT DOORS OR GATES, MANUAL SLIDING DOORS, AND MANUAL FOLDING DOORS
|MINIMUM MANEUVERING CLEARANCE|
|Approach direction||Perpendicular to doorway||Parallel to doorway (beyond stop/latch side unless noted)|
|From front||48 inches (1219 mm)||0 inches (0 mm)|
|From side1||42 inches (1067 mm)||0 inches (0 mm)|
|From pocket/hinge side||42 inches (1067 mm)||22 inches (559 mm)2|
|From stop/latch side||42 inches (1067 mm)||24 inches (610 mm)|
- Doorway with no door only.
- Beyond pocket/hinge side.
Maneuvering clearances for forward approach shall be provided when any obstruction within 18 inches (457 mm) of the latch side at an interior doorway, or within 24 inches (610 mm) of the latch side of an exterior doorway, projects more than 8 inches (203 mm) beyond the face of the door, measured perpendicular to the face of the door or gate.
Floor or ground surface within required maneuvering clearances shall comply with Section 11B-302. Changes in level are not permitted.
- Slopes not steeper than 1:48 shall be permitted.
- Changes in level at thresholds complying with Section 11B-404.2.5 shall be permitted.
The distance between two hinged or pivoted doors in series and gates in series shall be 48 inches (1219 mm) minimum plus the width of doors or gates swinging into the space.
Handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operable parts on doors and gates shall comply with Section 11B-309.4. Operable parts of such hardware shall be 34 inches (864 mm) minimum and 44 inches (1118 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground. Where sliding doors are in the fully open position, operating hardware shall be exposed and usable from both sides.
- Existing locks shall be permitted in any location at existing glazed doors without stiles, existing overhead rolling doors or grilles, and similar existing doors or grilles that are designed with locks that are activated only at the top or bottom rail.
- Access gates in barrier walls and fences protecting pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be permitted to have operable parts of the release of latch on self-latching devices at 54 inches (1372 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground provided the self-latching devices are not also self-locking devices and operated by means of a key, electronic opener, or integral combination lock.
The force for pushing or pulling open a door or gate shall be as follows:
- Interior hinged doors and gates: 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.
- Sliding or folding doors: 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.
- Required fire doors: the minimum opening force allowable by the appropriate administrative authority, not to exceed 15 pounds (66.7 N).
- Exterior hinged doors: 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.
These forces do not apply to the force required to retract latch bolts or disengage other devices that hold the door or gate in a closed position.
Exception: When, at a single location, one of every eight exterior door leafs, or fraction of eight, is a powered door, other exterior doors at the same location, serving the same interior space, may have a maximum opening force of 8.5 pounds (37.8 N). The powered leaf(s) shall be located closest to the accessible route.
- Powered doors shall comply with Section 11B-404.3. Powered doors shall be fully automatic doors complying with Builders Hardware Manufacturers’ Association (BHMA) A156.10 or low energy operated doors complying with BHMA A156.19.
- Powered doors serving a building or facility with an occupancy of 150 or more shall be provided with a back-up battery or back-up generator. The back-up power source shall be able to cycle the door a minimum of 100 cycles.
- Signs identifying the accessible entrance required by Section 11B-216.6 shall be placed on, or immediately adjacent to, each powered door. Signs shall be provided in compliance with BHMA A156.10 or BHMA A156.19, as applicable.
- In addition to the requirements of Item d, where a powered door is provided in buildings or facilities containing assembly occupancies of 300 or more, a sign displaying the International Symbol of Accessibility measuring 6 inches by 6 inches (152 mm by 152 mm), complying with Section 11B-703.7, shall be provided above the door on both the interior and exterior sides of each powered door.
Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches (254 mm) of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate. Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of the same plane as the other and be free of sharp or abrasive edges. Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.
- Sliding doors shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-404.2.10.
- Tempered glass doors without stiles and having a bottom rail or shoe with the top leading edge tapered at 60 degrees minimum from the horizontal shall not be required to meet the 10 inch (254 mm) bottom smooth surface height requirement.
- Doors and gates that do not extend to within 10 inches (254 mm) of the finish floor or ground shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-404.2.10.
Doors, gates, and side lights adjacent to doors or gates, containing one or more glazing panels that permit viewing through the panels shall have the bottom of at least one glazed panel located 43 inches (1092 mm) maximum above the finish floor.
Exception: Glazing panels with the lowest part more than 66 inches (1676 mm) from the finish floor or ground shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-404.2.11.