Egress Windows

The Building Code requires an emergency escape window in every sleeping room and in all basement dwelling units. Basic requirements for egress window installation in Golden Valley are outlined below.

Egress window location diagramSize & Location Requirements

Egress windows must have:

  • a minimum clear openable width of 20 inches
  • a minimum clear openable height of 24 inches
  • a minimum clear openable area of 5.7 square feet (To obtain the 5.7-square-foot openable area, one or both of the dimensions must be increased.)
  • a finished sill height that is not more than 44 inches above the finished floor

Window Wells

If the emergency escape window opening is below grade, a window well must be installed on the outside of the building. The window well must:

  • be a minimum of 36 inches wide and give access to an area that is a minimum of nine square feet with window fully open
  • have a minimum 6-inch drop from the window sill to the ground
  • include a ladder if the well is more than 44 inches deep