Travel Distance

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How to Measure Travel Distance

Travel Distance is measured from the most remote, occupied point on a floor plan to the entrance to an EXIT (ie: exit stair door) along a natural and unobstructed path of travel. How much this distance is allowed to be depends on the OCCUPANCY type and whether or not the building is sprinklered. Maximum allowed travel distances are given in Table 1015.1

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Table 1015.1

A Handy Tip if your Travel Distance is just over the allowed length

Since the travel distance is typically measured from the most remote occupied space, try putting a closet at this point to shorten the travel distance. This may not always work, but it might be worth a shot.

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Quick Tip: Travel Distance

Relevant Sections of BC

Section BC 1015.1 Exit Access Travel Distance


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