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Does anyone know if there are regulations with regards XXXXX XXXXX

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Does anyone know if there are regulations with regards XXXXX XXXXX distance an entrance needs to be from the edge of the first step? I'm going for a variance to extend my front porch,and I'm looking for every possible angle. Its an old Victorian and it feels unsafe. Just asking if its something I can use?

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Hello. I can help you with your question.

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I suspect you'll be able to find something that will accommodate your argument in the International Code Council regulations

Customer:

hi

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Hello

Customer:

so just google that

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No

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Too confusing.

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I have a page with a very good list of things to check.

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I just have to get back to it. It has a list with diagrams. I will also give you a link to the actual regulations.

Customer:

ok how do i get it

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I will give it to you.

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I will give you both links.

Customer:

will i need to write it down.

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Staircase Building Regs

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No, you can just click on the links.

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That one is from the UK government, but based on international regulations.

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And the actual regulations

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Are in the International Code Council Residential code.

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Is this a single family?

Customer:

so they apply here

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Yes, that's a simplified version.

Customer:

yes

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I am going to give you the actual building code, though.

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That's the official info that you will use.

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If it's an old victorian, then there are several things in there that will justify the variance.

Customer:

so is that all i will need then. i should look for that

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You should be able to click on that link

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Make sure... that should bring you right to it.

Customer:

im doing this on my own.....no idea what im doing

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Ok. I will explain.

Customer:

everyone is laughing at me when i tell them i what to expand my porch

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When you go to the link on the regulations I gave you, there is a section 311.1 Means of egress.

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They can laugh at you while you are looking down on them from your new porch!

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lol

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What, they don't think you'll be able to get a variance?

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I'm not an attorney, so I can't give you legal advice, but I think you are on the right track.

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R311.3 is the precise information you asked about.

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There shall be a landing or floor on each side of each exterior door. The width of each landing shall not be less than the door served. Every landing shall have a minimum dimension of 36 inches (914 mm) measured in the direction of travel. Exterior landings shall be permitted to have a slope not to exceed 1/4 unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent).

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But there are many more regulations there if that one doesn't help you.

Customer:

ok....ill take a look. i need all the help i can get thanks wish me luck

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Yes, good luck. Let your neighbors laugh it up.

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;->

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If you have any problem getting to the information, just come back to this page and let me know.

Customer:

ill need to study it its a whole different language to me

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I understand that. Take it in logical chunks.

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