Fees associated with the retrofit of egress windows in Englewood houses will be waived. The measure approved by the Englewood City Council applies to permit and plan review fees for the installation, …
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Fees associated with the retrofit of egress windows in Englewood houses will be waived.
The measure approved by the Englewood City Council applies to permit and plan review fees for the installation, upgrading or replacement of egress windows. The waivers are retroactive to July 25, 2018, and will continue through Dec. 31, 2019. The city has also extended the deadline for storm recovery assistance to Dec. 31, 2018.
Fees for windows installed in new constructions, additions or remodels still apply since egress windows are required by code. The waiver does not include use tax or Arapahoe County Open Space taxes.
To obtain a permit for egress window installation, applicants must submit a permit application. A licensed contractor is required if the property or unit is not owner-occupied or the homeowner is hiring a contractor.
The application must include the dimension of the egress window, and if the foundation will be cut horizontally or if the opening is a new opening, a State of Colorado licensed engineer must stamp the plans for the foundation cut or new opening.
Use tax and Arapahoe County use tax will be paid at the time of issuance.
Building codes require new homes with basements, habitable space attics and bedrooms to have emergency escape and rescue openings (egress windows). Codes also require that when a new sleeping room is created in an existing basement, the new room must have an egress window.
Egress windows serve two major functions. They allow a secondary means to get out of a room but also allow for rescue personnel to get in. Some older homes were built before there were any egress requirements and many homes were built when the egress window net free opening size was 4.3 square feet.
Today's building code requires a minimum opening of 20 inches wide and a minimum height of 24 inches. The minimum net clear opening is 5.7 square feet or 5.0 square feet for grade floor or below grade floor. The maximum sill height above the floor is 44 inches. Note that a window opening that is the minimum of 20 inches wide and 24 inches high does not meet egress code requirements since its net clear opening is only 3.33 square feet.
Egress windows must be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge.
Window wells are required where the sill height is below grade. Window wells must allow the rescue window to be fully open, provide 9 square feet of floor area with a minimum dimension of 36 inches in width and length, and contain a permanently affixed ladder or steps if the window well depth exceeds 44 inches.
The ladder must be at least 12 inches wide and project no less than 3 inches from the window well. The ladder or steps cannot obstruct the opening of the window or encroach on the required window well dimension by more than 6 inches.
For additional information and requirements, contact the City of Englewood Building Division at 303-762-2356 or 303-762-2357.
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