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Path of Travel

Path of Travel

The path of travel to and exit is an unobstructed route with minimum dimensions (width & height) to the nearest required exit in a building. A path of travel is provided so that occupants can safely evacuate the building. The path of travel must have dimensions appropriate to he number, mobility and other characteristics of occupants; and the function or use of the building.

General Features of a Path of Travel

  • the unobstructed width of each exit or path of travel to an exit must be not less than 1 metre however this may be required to be wider in accordance with Clause D1.6 - Dimensions of exits and paths of travel to exits of Volume One of the Building Code of Australia.
  • the unobstructed height throughout the path of travel must be not less than 2 m
  • have no trip points in floor;
  • must not be used for the storage of goods;
  • must not contain combustible materials;
  • must have emergency lights and directional exit signs.


In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.