Since it was passed in 1990, the ADA has required all commercial building owners to provide a safe environment for those with limited movement. If you don’t comply with the ADA, the penalties are far from a slap on the wrist–organizations can be fined up to $75,000 for their first ADA violation, and up to $150,000 for subsequent offenses. Obviously, that’s a major hit for most businesses, and could be enough to cause any small business to go bankrupt.
If you own commercial property, below are some ADA requirements to consider when it comes to your building’s stairways, entrances, and exits. Note that this is far from being a comprehensive list. In order to ensure you are in complete compliance, be sure to consult the official ADA website.
The ADA states that people with disabilities should be able to arrive to the property, approach the building, and enter as freely as anyone else. There should be at least one route of travel that does not require the use of stairs. Requirements for travel routes include:
All commercial buildings must have at least one wheelchair ramp. Wheelchair ramp requirements include:
All stairs which connect levels, which are not serviced by an elevator or lift, must meet the following requirements:
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