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Sec. 8-404. Light and ventilation.
(a) Light and ventilation. Every habitable room shall have at least one (1) window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors. The minimum total window area, measured between stops, for every habitable room shall be eight (8) percent of the floor area of such room. Whenever walls or other portions of structures face a window of any such room and such light obstruction structures are located less than five (5) feet from the window and extend to a level above that of the ceiling of the room, such a window shall not be deemed to face directly to the outdoors and shall not be included as contributing to the required minimum total window area. Whenever the only window in a room is a skylight-type widow in the top of such room, the total window area of such skylight shall equal at least fifteen (15) percent of the total floor area of such room.
(b) Habitable rooms. Every habitable room shall have at least one (1) window or skylight which can easily be opened, or such other device as will adequately ventilate the room. The total of openable window area in every habitable room shall equal at least forty-five (45) percent of the minimum window area size or minimum skylight-type window size, as required, or shall have other approved, equivalent ventilation.
(c) Bathroom. Every bathroom shall comply with the light and ventilation requirements for habitable rooms except that no window or skylight shall be required in adequately ventilated bathrooms equipped in adequately ventilated bathrooms equipped with an approved ventilation system capable of continuous operation while the room is in use.
(d) Electric lights and outlets.
(1) Every dwelling unit shall be wired for electric lights and convenience receptacles. Every habitable room of such dwelling shall contain at least two (2) duplex floor or wall type electric outlets. Every kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry room, furnace room, corridor, hallway and porch shall contain at least one (1) supplied ceiling or wall type electric light fixture with approved wall switch. Every bathroom shall be equipped with one (1) ceiling or wall type electric light fixture with approved wall switch. Every bathroom shall also contain one (1) outlet capable of being connected for use at the lavatory without an extension device. Every such outlet and fixture shall be properly installed and maintained in good working condition and shall be connected to the source of electric power in a safe manner.
(2) When enforcing authority feels that installation of a wall switch is impractical an approved ceiling mounted pull-chain type light fixture may be used except in the bathroom and/or over kitchen sinks and on the exterior.
(3) Every exterior exit shall be provided with adequate exterior lighting controlled by an interior mounted switch at each exit.
(e) Light in public halls and stairways. Every public hall and stairway in every multiple dwelling containing two (2) or more dwelling units shall be adequately lighted at all times.
(Code 1961, § 18-41; Ord. No. 16,155, § 9, 1-21-92; Ord. No. 17,053, § 3, 12-19-95)