In 1990, Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act. This act affords people with disabilities protection from discrimination based on their disabilities. Part of the act requires all public accommodations, including parking lots, to meet certain accessibility requirements. At National Pavement, we provide ADA-compliant asphalt and pavement marking services.
ADA Compliance is Strictly Regulated and Enforced
Complying with ADA parking requirements is the law and accessibility to buildings starts in the parking lot. In order to be compliant, the parking lot will need to have a minimum number of accessible spaces, which are determined by the number of total spaces in the lot. Your parking lot must also have curb cuts for wheelchair access onto sidewalks, as well as properly pitched ramps and railings.
National Pavement can help your business with ADA compliance with by properly marking the areas of your location that require regulation.
Not complying with ADA parking regulations could result in a lawsuit, which will likely take place in Federal Court for a civil rights violation, not a mere civil code violation. It is much cheaper to comply than face a lawsuit.
ADA Parking Lot Compliance
There are a number of things to consider to ensure that your business is in full ADA compliance. For starters, you must have an adequate number of accessible parking spaces as determined by the size of your parking lot or the needs of your visitors. When ensuring your lot is ADA compliant, we pay special attention to the way the asphalt is laid as well as the markings.
When making a parking lot accessible, there are four main areas to be aware of: dimensions, signage, pavement markings, and pavement slope.
Some of the specific ADA parking requirements as laid out in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design are:
- Handicapped parking spots must be placed so they offer the easiest access to the building.
- If your parking lot has fewer than 25 spaces, at least one space must be designated as handicapped-accessible.
- Parking surfaces in the accessible spaces and access aisles must be firm, slip-resistant, and level. (Up to a 1/48 inch slope is acceptable.)
- The access aisles next to accessible parking stalls must be hash marked to indicate it is not a parking stall.
- Each handicapped accessible space must be designated by a sign at least 60 inches off the ground with the international symbol for accessibility printed on it. (Contrary to popular belief, it is not legally required for this symbol to be painted on the pavement, although it is recommended.)
These are just a few of the regulations and considerations with ADA parking lot compliance. Let National Pavement ensure your parking lot is compliant so your business is accessible to everyone.
Contact National Pavement for ADA Compliant Parking Lot Services
We are committed to helping businesses provide safe, convenient parking, and we are up-to-date on the ADA parking lot regulations. To learn more about our ADA compliance services, contact us below.