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SECTION BC 1208 INTERIOR SPACE DIMENSIONS

1208.1 Minimum room widths.
Habitable spaces, other than a kitchen, shall not be less than 8 feet (2438 mm) in any plan dimension. Kitchens and kitchenettes shall have a clear passageway of not less than 3 feet (914 mm) between counter fronts and appliances or counter fronts and walls.

Exceptions:


1. A room that complies with the requirements for natural light and natural ventilation and in addition has an unobstructed opening of not less than 60 square feet (5.6 m2) into an immediately adjoining room shall not be less than 7 feet (2134 mm) in any plan dimension.
2. A habitable dining space that complies with the requirements for natural light and natural ventilation may be less than 8 feet (2438 mm) in any plan dimension.
3. One-half the number of bedrooms in a dwelling unit containing three or more bedrooms shall not be less than 7 feet (2134 mm) in any plan dimension.
4. A room in a Group R-1 dwelling or sleeping unit shall not be less than 6 feet (1829 mm) in any plan dimension.
1208.2 Minimum ceiling heights. Habitable rooms and spaces shall have a ceiling height of not less than 8 feet (2438 mm). Occupiable spaces and corridors shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet 6 inches (2286 mm). Bathrooms, toilet rooms, kitchens in other than I-1 and R occupancies, kitchenettes in I-1 or R occupancies, storage rooms and laundry rooms shall be permitted to have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm). All measurements shall be taken from the finished floor to the finished underside of the ceiling or ceiling beams.

Exceptions:


1. In one- and two-family dwellings, beams or girders spaced not less than 4 feet (1219 mm) on center may project not more than 6 inches (152 mm) below the required ceiling height, provided that a clear height of 7 feet (2134 mm) is maintained.
2. Habitable rooms in basements of one-family dwellings, including any projecting beams, shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).
3. Habitable rooms in basements of multiple dwellings may have as many as four beams crossing the ceiling if none of the beams exceeds 12 inches (305 mm) in width or extends below the ceiling more than 6 inches (152 mm).
4. Spaces above and below a mezzanine, other than habitable spaces, shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).
1208.2.1 Furred ceiling. Any room with a furred ceiling shall be required to have the minimum ceiling height in two-thirds of the area thereof, but in no case shall the height of the furred ceiling be less than 7 feet (2134 mm).

Exception:
Minimum ceiling heights of habitable rooms and spaces shall not be less than established in Section 1208.2.
1208.3 Room area. Minimum net floor areas of rooms shall be in accordance with Sections 1208.3.1 and 1208.3.2.

1208.3.1 Habitable rooms and spaces. Every habitable room or space shall have not less than 80 square feet (7.4 m2) in net floor area.

Exceptions:
1. A room that complies with the requirements for natural light and natural ventilation and in addition has an unobstructed opening of not less than 60 square feet (5.6 m2) into an immediately adjoining room shall have not less than 70 square feet (6.5 m2) of net floor area.
2. A habitable dining space, as defined by the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, that complies with the requirements for natural light and natural ventilation may have less than 80 square feet (7.4 m2) of net floor area.
3. A room in a Group R-1 dwelling unit shall have not less than 60 square feet (5.6 m2) of net floor area.
1208.3.2 Dwelling units. In a dwelling unit, at least one habitable room shall have not less than 150 square feet (13.9 m2) of net floor area.

Exception:
Group R-1 dwelling or sleeping units.
1208.3.2.1 Single room occupancy of a single room. Where a single room within a dwelling unit is used for single room occupancy, as such term is used in Section 27-2074(e) of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, such room shall have not less than 150 square feet (13.9 m2) of net floor area.
1208.3.2.2 Single room occupancy of a suite of rooms. Where two or more rooms, joined together and separated from all other rooms within a dwelling unit, are used for single room occupancy, as such term is used in Section 27-2074(e) of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, at least one of such separated rooms shall have not less than 150 square feet (13.9 m2) of net floor area.
1208.4 Reserved.