Auditorium Seating Standards

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Auditorium Seating Standards
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Auditorium seating plans must take a number of factors into account, including space requirements, relevant codes and standards. A set of standards governing auditorium seating standards has been developed by the Whole Building Design Guide under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

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Whole Building Design Guide

The Whole Building Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, is a web-based portal that provides information to government and private organisations on a range of issues related to building construction, including design guidance, project management, and operations and maintenance.


The National Institute of Building Sciences makes a number of recommendations for auditorium seating plans. A short list includes: sloped floors to ensure spectators can see the stage; fixed seats that provide sufficient space for spectators to move in and out of rows; and step lights to ensure spectators can find their seats without injury.

Codes and Standards

Codes and standards relevant to auditorium seating plans include the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; and the International Building Code.

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