Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities, such as:
Buying an item at the store
Enjoying a meal at a local restaurant
Exercising at the local health club
Having the car serviced at a local garage
Watching a movie in a theater
Private businesses that provide goods or services to the public are called public accommodations in the ADA. The ADA establishes requirements for 12 categories of public accommodations including:
Restaurants and bars
Stores and shops
Nearly all types of private businesses that serve the public are included in a category regardless of size. If you own, operate, lease, or lease to a business that serves the public, then you must comply with ADA regulations and have an obligation to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
New Buildings & Construction
In addition, all new building features are required to meet current architectural accessibility requirements including:
Curb and ramps path of travel
Sales counter height
The California Building Code accessibility laws require that a minimum of 20% of tenant improvement construction costs, exclusive of accessibility upgrades, be used to upgrade existing building features to make them more accessible.
For More Information
For information on having your business evaluated, consider consulting with a design professional with specific expertise, such as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), which is regulated by the State of California’s Division of the State Architect. Should you have further questions regarding this subject, please contact us for further information.