Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 11 – 28 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 2 CHAPTER 11. BUILDING AND HOUSING CODE | Article 11.6. Housing Code Sec. 11.6.3. Minimum Standards for Basic Equipment and Facilities 1. Required Space in Dwelling Units a. Every dwelling unit shall comply with the following Schedule of Required Minimum Habitable Room Floor Area. Schedule of Required Minimum Habitable Room Floor Area Number of Persons Required Minimum Floor Area in Square Feet 1 150 2 260 3 370 4 480 5 590 6 700 7 780 8 850 9 950 10 1,050 11 1,560 12 1,670 13 1,780 14 1,890 15 2,000 16 and greater an additional 150 for each additional occupant b. A living or principal room is required and shall contain not less than 120 square feet, and any bedroom shall contain not less than 70 square feet each. The above floor areas shall be calculated only for habitable rooms. c. Each habitable room shall have at least 70 square feet, with the exception of kitchens. 2. Height of Ceiling At least ½ of the floor area of every habitable room shall have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet; and the floor area of that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than 5 feet shall not be considered as part of the floor area in computing the total floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum permissible occupancy thereof. 3. Access to Bath and Bedrooms No dwelling or dwelling unit constructed after adoption of this chapter, containing 2 or more sleeping rooms, shall have such room arrangements that access to bathroom or toilet compartment intended for use by occupant of more than 1 sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room; nor shall room arrangements be such that access to a sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room or a bathroom or toilet compartment. 4. Cellars No cellar space shall be used as a habitable room or dwelling unit, except in compliance with the requirements of Sec. 11.6.3.D.2. above and all of the requirements for basements set forth in Sec. 11.6.3.D.5. below. 5. Basement No basement space shall be used as a habitable room or dwelling unit, unless: a. The floor and walls are impervious to leakage of underground and surface runoff water. b. The total window area in each room is equivalent to the minimum window area size as identified in Sec. 11.6.3.B.3. c. Such required minimum window area is located entirely above the grade of the ground adjoining such window area. d. The total of operable window area in such habitable room is equivalent to at least the minimum required under Sec. 11.6.3.B.3. e. Basements with habitable space and every sleeping room shall have at least 1 operable emergency escape and rescue window or exterior door opening for emergency escape and rescue. 6. Access Limitation of Dwelling Units to Commercial Uses No habitable rooms, bathroom or toilet compartment which is accessory to a dwelling unit shall open directly into or shall be used in conjunction with any room used for commercial or public purposes.