April 6, 2015
By "gas valve", do you mean a gas utility-provided pressure relief valve? If so, the utility has their own regulations regarding placement. The code doesn't address these valves.
If you mean a simple gas shut off valve for the grill, the valve can be anywhere outside the home.
January 25, 2016
While I am a Combination Residential Inspector, I work for a home builder at present and on one particular plan we have a gas valve at the back corner of the rear porch for use with a barbecue grill. There is no opening near its present location, as shown on the plans. A person purchasing the home has expressed the fact that immediately upon closing they are going to install a pool and outdoor kitchen. As such they are requesting that we relocate the valve to the rear corner of the house to better serve their needs. However, that would place this valve within 3' of an operable window. I have always operated under the opinion and understanding that we had to have 3' of clearance from any gas valve to a window. I can't find it in the 2015 IRC. Am I all wet?
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