As a business owner, the last thing you want to do is run afoul of the law. It’s important to keep accessibility in mind when having your parking lot repaved and re-striped. Never assume that you had the correct number of handicap spaces in the first place. In the case of a new parking lot, you will be starting from scratch. Don’t assume that the paving company will have current information about current Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, regulations.
Fortunately, it’s easy to figure out how many handicap spaces you’re required to have by law. It’s based on the number of spaces that your parking lot will have. The ADA has a chart that clearly shows how many spaces are required for parking lots of various sizes. The smallest lots, which are ones that have one to 25 spaces, for instance, are required to have one handicap spot. Parking lots with 26 to 50 spaces are required to have at least two. There are requirements regarding how many van-accessible spots are needed as well, so make sure to pay attention to the fine print.
In addition to having the right number of accessible spaces, you need to make sure they’re in the right places. As a general rule, handicap spaces should be located near the shortest accessible route to the entrance of your building. If there is more than one entrance, the spaces should be closest to the most accessible one.
The ADA offers free technical assistance by phone, and numerous ADA publications are available for download. By arming yourself with this information, you can ensure that your parking lot meets the strict requirements of the ADA.
LDC Paving is the local expert when it comes to paving, parking lot re-striping and related services. We create and maintain parking lots for businesses like yours. Regardless of what kinds of services you need, we can help. Contact us now at 281-738-5336 or fill out this free quote form to learn more or to get started.