International Building Code Section 1103


International Building Code 1103.1

Where required. Sites, buildings, structures, facilities,
elements and spaces, temporary or permanent, shall be accessible
to persons with physical disabilities.

International Building Code 1103.2

General exceptions. Sites, buildings, structures, facilities,
elements and spaces shall be exempt from this chapter to
the extent specified in this section.

Specific requirements. Accessibility is not
required in buildings and facilities, or portions thereof, to
the extent permitted by Sections 1104 through 1110.

Existing buildings. Existing buildings shall comply
with Section 3409.

Employee work areas. Spaces and elements
within employee work areas shall only be required to comply
with Sections 907.9.1.2, 1007 and 1104.3.1 and shall be
designed and constructed so that individuals with disabilities
can approach, enter and exit the work area.Work areas,
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or portions of work areas, that are less than 150 square feet
(14 m2) in area and elevated 7 inches (178 mm) or more
above the ground or finish floor where the elevation is
essential to the function of the space shall be exempt from
all requirements.

Detached dwellings. Detached one- and two-family
dwellings and accessory structures, and their associated
sites and facilities, are not required to be accessible.

Utility buildings. Occupancies in Group U are
exempt from the requirements of this chapter other than the
following:
1. In agricultural buildings, access is required to paved
work areas and areas open to the general public.
2. Private garages or carports that contain required
accessible parking.

Construction sites. Structures, sites and equipment
directly associated with the actual processes of construction
including, but not limited to, scaffolding, bridging,
materials hoists, materials storage or construction trailers
are not required to be accessible.

Raised areas. Raised areas used primarily for purposes
of security, life safety or fire safety including, but not
limited to, observation galleries, prison guard towers, fire
towers or lifeguard stands are not required to be accessible
or to be served by an accessible route.

Limited access spaces. Nonoccupiable spaces
accessed only by ladders, catwalks, crawl spaces, freight
elevators or very narrow passageways are not required to be
accessible.

Equipment spaces. Spaces frequented only by
personnel for maintenance, repair or monitoring of equipment
are not required to be accessible. Such spaces include,
but are not limited to, elevator pits, elevator penthouses,
mechanical, electrical or communications equipment
rooms, piping or equipment catwalks,water or sewage treatment
pump rooms and stations, electric substations and
transformer vaults, and highway and tunnel utility facilities.

Single-occupant structures. Single-occupant
structures accessed only by passageways below grade or
elevated above grade including, but not limited to, toll
booths that are accessed only by underground tunnels, are
not required to be accessible.

Residential Group R-1. Buildings of Group R-1
containing not more than five sleeping units for rent or hire
that are also occupied as the residence of the proprietor are
not required to be accessible.

Day care facilities. Where a day care facility
(Groups A-3, E, I-4 and R-3) is part of a dwelling unit, only
the portion of the structure utilized for the day care facility is
required to be accessible.

Detention and correctional facilities. In detention
and correctional facilities, common use areas that are
used only by inmates or detainees and security personnel,
and that do not serve holding cells or housing cells required
to be accessible, are not required to be accessible or to be
served by an accessible route.

Fuel-dispensing systems. The operable parts on
fuel-dispensing devices shall comply with ICC A117.1,
Section 308.2.1 or 308.3.1.

Walk-in coolers and freezers. Walk-in coolers
and freezers intended for employee use only are not
required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.1

Specific requirements. Accessibility is not
required in buildings and facilities, or portions thereof, to
the extent permitted by Sections 1104 through 1110.

International Building Code 1103.2.10

Single-occupant structures. Single-occupant
structures accessed only by passageways below grade or
elevated above grade including, but not limited to, toll
booths that are accessed only by underground tunnels, are
not required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.11

Residential Group R-1. Buildings of Group R-1
containing not more than five sleeping units for rent or hire
that are also occupied as the residence of the proprietor are
not required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.12

Day care facilities. Where a day care facility
(Groups A-3, E, I-4 and R-3) is part of a dwelling unit, only
the portion of the structure utilized for the day care facility is
required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.13

Detention and correctional facilities. In detention
and correctional facilities, common use areas that are
used only by inmates or detainees and security personnel,
and that do not serve holding cells or housing cells required
to be accessible, are not required to be accessible or to be
served by an accessible route.

International Building Code 1103.2.14

Fuel-dispensing systems. The operable parts on
fuel-dispensing devices shall comply with ICC A117.1,
Section 308.2.1 or 308.3.1.

International Building Code 1103.2.15

Walk-in coolers and freezers. Walk-in coolers
and freezers intended for employee use only are not
required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.2

Existing buildings. Existing buildings shall comply
with Section 3409.

International Building Code 1103.2.3

Employee work areas. Spaces and elements
within employee work areas shall only be required to comply
with Sections 907.9.1.2, 1007 and 1104.3.1 and shall be
designed and constructed so that individuals with disabilities
can approach, enter and exit the work area.Work areas,
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or portions of work areas, that are less than 150 square feet
(14 m2) in area and elevated 7 inches (178 mm) or more
above the ground or finish floor where the elevation is
essential to the function of the space shall be exempt from
all requirements.

International Building Code 1103.2.4

Detached dwellings. Detached one- and two-family
dwellings and accessory structures, and their associated
sites and facilities, are not required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.5

Utility buildings. Occupancies in Group U are
exempt from the requirements of this chapter other than the
following:
1. In agricultural buildings, access is required to paved
work areas and areas open to the general public.
2. Private garages or carports that contain required
accessible parking.

International Building Code 1103.2.6

Construction sites. Structures, sites and equipment
directly associated with the actual processes of construction
including, but not limited to, scaffolding, bridging,
materials hoists, materials storage or construction trailers
are not required to be accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.7

Raised areas. Raised areas used primarily for purposes
of security, life safety or fire safety including, but not
limited to, observation galleries, prison guard towers, fire
towers or lifeguard stands are not required to be accessible
or to be served by an accessible route.

International Building Code 1103.2.8

Limited access spaces. Nonoccupiable spaces
accessed only by ladders, catwalks, crawl spaces, freight
elevators or very narrow passageways are not required to be
accessible.

International Building Code 1103.2.9

Equipment spaces. Spaces frequented only by
personnel for maintenance, repair or monitoring of equipment
are not required to be accessible. Such spaces include,
but are not limited to, elevator pits, elevator penthouses,
mechanical, electrical or communications equipment
rooms, piping or equipment catwalks,water or sewage treatment
pump rooms and stations, electric substations and
transformer vaults, and highway and tunnel utility facilities.