Balustrade Construction

Balustrade Construction – 3.9.2

Balustrades or barriers are required or to provided along the side of any roof to which public access is provided, any stairway or ramp, any floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, deck, verandah, mezzanine, access bridge or the like and along the side of any path of access to a building, if:

  • it is not bounded by a wall
  • it’s level above the surface beneath, is more than (4 metres where it is possible for a person to fall through an open-able window or 1 metre in any other case).

Balustrade Construction – 3.9.2.3

The height of a balustrade or other barrier must be in accordance with the following building codes for balustrade construction:

  • The height must not be less than 865 mm above the nosing of the stair treads or the floor of a ramp
  • The height must not be less than 1 metre above the floor of any access path, balcony, landing or 865 mm above the floor of a landing to a stair or ramp where the balustrade or other barrier is provided along the inside edge of the landing and is not more than 500 mm long.
  • A transition zone may be incorporated where the balustrade or other barrier must be constructed so the any opening does not permit a 125 mm sphere to pass through it and for stairs, the space is tested above the nosing line.
  • The balustrade or other barrier must be designed to take loading forces in accordance with the building code standards.

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