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PDFWAC 110-145-1600

What are the general requirements for bedrooms?

(1) Each child must have or share a bedroom, approved by the licensor, with privacy and space that is appropriate and adequate to meet the child's developmental needs.
(2) For facilities licensed after December 31, 1986, bedrooms must have:
(a) Adequate ceiling height for the safety and comfort of the occupants (normally this would be seven and a half feet); and
(b) A window that can open to the outside, allowing natural light into the bedroom and permitting emergency access or exit.
(3) Each bedroom must have unrestricted direct access to outdoors as well as one direct access to common use areas such as hallways, corridors, living rooms, day rooms, or other common use areas.
(4) Approval may be granted to a building or structure that does not have direct access to the outdoors if it has a fire sprinkler protection system and was previously approved by the local fire marshal or building official with jurisdiction.
(5) You must not use hallways, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, or unfinished basements as bedrooms.
(6) You must not use common areas of the facility such as hallways, kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms as bedrooms for anyone in the household without permission of the DLR licensor and DSHS worker, if applicable.
(7) An adult must be on the same floor or within easy hearing distance and access to where children under six years of age are sleeping.
[WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-145-1600, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, and 74.13.031. WSR 17-22-039, § 388-145-1600, filed 10/24/17, effective 11/24/17. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-145-1600, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]
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