Steep Stairs Are Allowed in Theater Assembly Aisles

by Sean O'Hara on September 24, 2009

In the International Building Code you are allowed to have a riser height of 7″ for most occupancies.

However, it theater aisles you can get away with a lot more. Where the graident of the seating area matches the stair gradient you can go to an 8″ high riser allowing your stais to be 14% steeper.

If the seating areas need to be steeper for sightlines, you can go to a 9″ high riser, 28% steeper than a standard stair. With an 11″ deep tread and that’s a 9/11 slope or 39 degree slope.


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