If an exit door does not have a latch when it closes does it need a panic bar?
Could you please tell me where in the code it states it.
No. If no latch, then no releasing device required in accordance with the following Section.
Excerpt from the 2009 NFPA 101:
126.96.36.199.9* A latch or other fastening device on a door leaf shall be provided with a releasing device that has an obvious method of operation and that is readily operated under all lighting conditions.
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