that the door in Figure 1 does not comply with the requirement for a latch side clearance
on the pull side of a door. This will be changed in a later revision.
If a revolving door or turnstile is used on an
accessible route, is an accessible door or gate provided to facilitate the same use
Note: All gates including ticket gates must
meet all the applicable specifications for doors.
If the doorway has two independently operated door leaves, does at least one active leaf
provide a 32 inch clear opening width & maneuvering space?
Clear opening for doors
Parameters for determining door widths.
When a door is open 90 degrees, is there a
clear opening at least 32 inches measured between the face of the door and the door stop
on the latch side?
When a door is
not used for passage, the width can be smaller. But, the maneuvering clearances required
by UFAS to open a door are still necessary.
If the door does not require full user passage,
such as a shallow closet, is the clear opening at least 20 inches?
Required door maneuvering clearances:
Figure A: Front Approach, Pull
Figure B: Front Approach,
Note: x=12 in. if door has both a
latch and a closer
Figure C: Hinge Side Approach,
Note: x=36 in. min. if y=60 in.; x=42 in.
min. if y=54in.
Figure D: Hinge Side Approach,
Note: y=48 in. min. if door has both a
latch and a closer
Figure E: Latch Side Approach,
Note: y=54 in. min. if door has a closer.
Note: y=48 in. min. if door has a closer.
Figure F: Latch Side Approach,
To answer the following three questions (Examples 1, 2
and 3) refer to the required clearances at the left in Figures A through F.
Note: this door is the entry to an apartment and
would have a closer on it.
Does the door have maneuvering space relative to
the direction of approach as shown in the figures to the left? (see Figures A through F)
In new construction, each door must comply
with all the directions of approach that are likely in each case but this is not always
possible to achieve in existing buildings. For example, a latch side approach to the door
in Fig. 5 is impossible due to the location of the column In new construction, this
location of a column would be unacceptable since it blocks access to and from the
door. But, it is technically infeasible to move the column in renovations.
If the door is not automatic or power
assisted, does it have maneuvering space relative to the direction of approach as shown in
the figures to the left? (see Figures A through F)
Note: Evaluate doors X and Y in Fig. 6.
Does the door have maneuvering space as shown in the figures to the left? (see
Figures A through F)
Is the floor level and clear within the maneuvering space? (see Figures 5-11)
If there are two doors in series, is the clear
space between the walls at either end of the vestibule at least 48 inches plus the width
of the door?
from a NYCHA building
There required clearance for a front approach from the
pull side for entry into the bathroom is 18 in. The door jamb obstructs this clearance in
this example so it does not comply. The doorway on the left implies that there would be a
latch side approach to this door also but, if it was possible to move out into the hallway
and turn around before opening the door, compliance with a latch side clearance would not
Do the doors in the series swing in the same
direction or do they swing away from the space between them?
If there is a raised threshold, is it beveled at 1:2 or less?
Is the threshold no higher than 1/2 inch?(see
Exception: An exterior sliding door can have a 3/4 inch threshold.
Lever handles and latches that are operable without twisting
of the wrist.
Are all handles, locks, and latches operable with one hand? Are they operable without
tight pinching, tight grasping or twisting of the wrist?
If there are sliding doors, is the operating hardware exposed and usable from both sides
when the doors are fully open?
This requirement applies to locks on doors that are installed by
NYCHA including dead bolts and chains. It also applies to peepholes in the
door. Ideally, two peepholes should be installed, one at the lower height and one at
the typical height.
Is the hardware mounted no higher than 48 inches above the floor level?
Interior door with a closer.
If the door has a closer, does it take at least 3 seconds to move from 70 degrees open to
a point 3 inches from the latch?
Technique for measuring opening door force
Measuring door force from the pull side of a door.
Door force can be measured with a door force gauge.
Do interior doors have an opening force of 5 lbs or less?
Where would the force of opening be
Section 4.13.9; 4.29.3
Are doors to hazardous areas identifiable to the touch by a textured surface on the door
handle, knob, pull, or other operating hardware?
Is this texturing used only used on doors that
lead to hazardous areas ? (see Figure 20)