Abundant Housing LA is proud to endorse AB 835, Assemblymember Lee’s single-stair building reform bill.
Currently the California Building Code requires apartment buildings over three stories in height to have two exit stairways. While intended to promote safety and facilitate emergency egress, some other countries allow single-stair buildings, above three stories in height and have better fire safety outcomes than the United States.
Dual-stair buildings reduce flexibility in building design and make it harder to build housing, particularly family-sized apartments, on narrow lots.
AB 835 takes a thoughtful approach to this issue by directing the State Fire Marshall to propose single-stair egress standards to the California Building Standards Commission.
Read our full endorsement letter below: