April 16, 2018
In 2005-2006 was a attic access door required for carports under the 1999 Standard Building code book. The carport is attached to the house and the house has approx. 1000 square feet of unfinished upstairs that has a staircase leading up to it. The area above the carport has a wall separating the area to the unfinished upstairs with no door. The area above carport was not constructed for usable space nor to carry live load since the area above the house is unfinished. The ceiling of the carport has soffit used to cosmetically enclosed the rafters and ceiling joist. The carport at the time passed all inspections and a CO was obtained. A access door was never requested by the codes department at the time. The area above the carport does meet the requirements height-wise and space wise for requiring a access door however does this apply to carports that were never attended for useable space? There is no HVAC or plumbing in the area above the carport. The unfinished area above the house does have electricity and roughed in plumbing for it they choose to finish the upstairs at a later time.
Please can someone clear up this gray area for me?