What are stair "codes"?

There are codes for all components of building or remodeling. They are the laws put in place to keep people safe.


Railing height going up the stairs: 34"-38" from the nose of the step to the top of the handrail.

Balcony height requirement: 36" - 41".

Minimum tread depth: 10"

Max riser height: 7-3/4"

Handrail ends must be returned to the wall.

Stairways must be at least 36" wide.


Please refer to your local building codes for more information.


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