United States Egress Codes

Emergency escape and rescue openings for the United States

Based upon your location in the United States, your state/county may have different requirements for basement egress and emergency escape codes. We have compiled many resources from States and local governments to give you a great starting point to find which IRC Building codes you should adhere to.

Please note, due to the government’s government’s constantly changing nature, please verify with your local county building inspector to double-check your code requirements before starting a project. We try to keep this database up-to-date as best as possible but express no warranties on the accuracy of information.

Discover your local requirements for an emergency exit from window wells, including:

  • Window well minimum size
  • Ladder requirements
  • Operational constraints
  • Window well cover lift force

Find your state’s IRC code adoption

Download the State Local Codes Chart PDF to determine which International Residential Code your state follows. Depending on your State, your local county may have additional/different requirements. Please refer to your local government website for up-to-date information and to confirm the information on this page.

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