Suggestions for Loft Construction

  1. Loft construction can cover no more than 1/3 of the usable floor area. This includes shelves, desk tops and storage attached to lofts.
  2. Lofts can be free standing or temporarily attach per property owner agreement. Permanent alteration or attachment requires a Building Permit. A loft cannot increase the maximum allowable occupancy for a sleeping room.
  3. Materials that are more combustible than standard wood 2x4 and plywood products should not be used. This includes cheap paneling cardboard, curtains, posters, etc.
  4. Modifications to existing electrical outlets and wiring are not allowed without an Electrical Permit. Extension cords cannot be attached to lofts and should be avoided.
  5. Lofts cannot block exit doors and windows. Exit doors must be completely openable. A minimum of 24" clearance must be maintained in front of or leading to egress windows. Lofts closer than 2 feet to non-egress, non-tempered window glazing must contain a railing to protect glass from impact.
  6. Lofts cannot be enclosed. At least 50% of the side area should be open to the room.
  7. A loft must provide at least 36" of head room from the top of the sleeping surface to the ceiling.
  8. Construction of all components of a loft shall be substantial enough to support the maximum anticipated load but in no case less than a person weighing 220 lbs and be adequately braced to prevent movement.