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California Building Code Excerpt

Section 11B-309 Operable Parts

Code excerpt regarding technical requirements for operable parts: general, clear floor space, height, and operation.

11B-309 Operable parts

11B-309.1 General. Operable parts shall comply with Section 11B-309.

11B-309.2 Clear floor space. A clear floor or ground space complying with Section 11B-305 shall be provided.

Keep in mind that Section 11B-305 requires more than just the clear floor space itself. Specifically, Section 11B-305.6 requires a clear floor or ground space to “adjoin an accessible route or adjoin another clear floor or ground space.”

11B-309.3 Height. Operable parts shall be placed within one or more of the reach ranges specified in Section 11B-308.

11B-309.4 Operation. Operable parts shall be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate operable parts shall be 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.

Exception: Gas pump nozzles and electric vehicle connectors shall not be required to provide operable parts that have an activating force of 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum