Handicap Stall Striping, and ADA Parking Requirements Charleston
In 2010, the U.S Department of Justice, also known as DOJ, published new laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among the new policies was the 2010 American with Disabilities regulations for accessible design. The act outlined the minimum requirements for accessing buildings and facilities.
The 1990 ADA act contains guidelines for the construction of ADA compliant parking areas. In addition, these regulations act as a guide in situations where ADA compliance is not necessary. In addition, DOJ allows local governments to issue new or additional directives that businesses must follow. So, you should check the local code rules before you start construction.
How many ADA stalls are required in your parking lot?
As a business owner, the law requires you to construct a parking space designated for persons with disability. What you may not know, however, is the number of parking spaces to reserve. Note requirements for businesses with new constructions may be different from those that have existing parking spaces.
If you are planning to a construct a new parking space, you can use the following table as a reference. Keep in mind; there is also the minimum requirement for van accessible spaces. In every six parking lots, there should be one designated space for vans. For examples, if you have 200 parking lots, you would need to reserve around 33 slots for accessible parking, six of which would be for van accessible.
Is ADA parking lot compliance mandatory?
The 1990 ADA laws require every building to have several handicap parking spaces. As mentioned above, there are two types of parking spaces: van spaces and handicap stalls. You must have both parking spaces. The number of handicap spaces you should have will depend on the total amount of parking spaces you want to construct, as well as the type of business you operate. Contact a professional estimator to help you determine the number of accessible parking space to build.
Detailed Handicap Parking Requirements
Here is some vital information you need to know about accessible parking:
How often should you repaint the Accessible stalls in your parking lot?
There is no universal consensus of how often one should repaint the accessible stalls. However, it is good to do it at least twice a year. Yet, if the paint starts to fade sooner after painting the ADA stalls, you may have to repaint. You can paint the stalls at least three times per year to make sure they remain relevant.
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