Life Safety & Code Compliant Doors

The Following Codes Require Annual Door Inspections:

Building, Fire, and ​Life Safety codes reference standards that define door inspection requirements. For an explanation of how fire door inspection requirements were developed and now enforced, see this explanation.

The Life Safety Code, NFPA 101 -2012

The Life Safety Code requires annual inspection of the following doors (

1) Door leaves equipped with panic hardware or fire exit hardware

2) Door assemblies in exit enclosures

3) Electrically controlled egress doors (i.e. power operated doors)

4) Door assemblies with special locking arrangements.

The Life Safety Code also requires inspection of fire-rated door assemblies per NFPA 80 and inspection of smoke door assemblies per NFPA 105. (

Corridor Doors:

Corridor doors typically serve a horizontal exit. The Life Safety Code requires corridor doors in new and existing health care facilities to resist the passage of smoke, but exempts them from complying with NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Corridor doors are required to be self-closing or automatic closing ​and are allowed to have a 1" undercut. Corridor doors in existing health care facilities are required to be held closed and resist a force of 5 lbs applied to the latch edge of the door ( Corridor doors in new health care facilities are required  to be self-latching  and provided with positive latching hardware ( Reference (new facilities) and (existing facilities) in NFPA 101 -2012.

International Building Code (IBC)

The 2009 edition of the International Building Code (IBC-2009) is the model building code generally utilized throughout the US for new commercial construction. (

IBC -2009 references the 2007 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Door and Other Opening Protectives.

NFPA 80 -2007  defines the requirements for fire door inspections and requires annual inspection of fire doors. (Paragraph

NFPA 80 -2007 also stipulates fire door inspections after installation of a new door assembly (i.e. fire door commissioning) ​

International Fire Code (IFC)

The 2009 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC-2009) is the model fire code utilized throughout the US to maintain facilities. (

IFC -2009 references the 2007 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Door and Other Opening Protectives.

As noted above, NFPA 80 -2007 requires annual inspection of fire doors in existing installations (Paragraph

DepartSure assists you with meeting door inspection requirements, including:

  • Annual inspection of existing egress doors and doors with special locking arrangements per NFPA 101-2012