The importance of meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements in California for your parking lot can’t be overstated. Depending on your specific location, cities, counties, and the state of California can fine building owners who don’t have ADA-compliant parking lots. Likewise, if your parking lot doesn’t meet ADA requirements and someone gets hurt, you highly increase your chances of being sued over the injury.
If you don’t know whether your parking lot meets these requirements, Victory Pavement offers a free audit to ensure your spaces meet current ADA and California building codes.
People with disabilities are guaranteed equal opportunities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, which prohibits discrimination and works to guarantee the rights of disabled individuals. In the ADA, property owners are barred from discriminating against individuals who have disabilities. Businesses aren’t in compliance if they don’t provide equal access to a primary function area. If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because the ADA is modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Americans with Disabilities Act applies specifically to three situations:
Absolutely - the federal guidelines are merely the minimum requirements, and California has a number of additional requirements in its California Building Standards Code.
In order to comply with the ADA, even businesses that don't directly serve the public must construct or alter facilities in a way that meets accessible design standards. Some of these standards include removing barriers in existing buildings when possible and providing auxiliary aids and services as needed.
All private companies, nonprofits, and charities that serve the public or employ 15 or more employees are also subject to the ADA.
According to California law, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights violation punishable by a statutory penalty of $4,000 (minimum) as well as attorney's fees. As a result of the ADA, people with disabilities are permitted to sue in Federal court to stop ADA violations and obtain orders from Federal courts to do so. Accordingly, ADA violators can be fined no matter which state in which the owner lives.
Based on the total number of parking spaces in the lot, a minimum number of accessible parking spaces is required. A parking lot with 400 spaces requires eight accessible spaces. There must be two van-accessible spaces among those eight.
|Total Number of Parking Spaces in Parking Facility (Lot or Garage)||Minimum Total Number of Accessible Parking Spaces Required||Minimum Number of Van Accessible Sparking Spaces|
|1 - 25||1||1|
|26 - 50||2||1|
|51 - 75||3||1|
|76 - 100||4||1|
|101 - 150||5||1|
|151 - 200||6||1|
|201 - 300||7||2|
|301 - 400||8||2|
|401 - 500||9||2|
|501 - 1000||2% of total|
|1001 and over||20, plus 1 for each 100, or fraction thereof, over 1000|
Accessible parking must make up at least ten percent of patient and visitor parking. A van-accessible parking space must be available in every sixth accessible parking space.
Accessible parking must make up twenty percent of parking spaces available to the public. For every 6 ADA-compliant disabled parking spaces, at least one space has to be van accessible.
It is mandatory that twenty percent of patient and visitor parking is accessible. For every six accessible parking spaces, at least one van-accessible space must be available.
From the parking area to the building, disabled parking must be located as close as possible. All visitors must also be able to access the building's entrance.
Businesses in California must mark ADA-compliant parking spaces with a 36 by 36 inch international symbol of accessibility, along with additional required posted signs. When parked in the spot, you should clearly see this symbol. It should be painted in white on a blue background. A blue border must be drawn around the access aisle. An outlined blue boundary should have hatched lines painted in a contrasting color, such as blue or white. Parking in these access aisles should be prohibited by painting "No Parking" on the ground.
As local regulations and other factors change, accessibility needs may also change. Get a free audit and quote from Victory Paving for ADA-compliant restriping services to ensure you're in compliance with the law.
The rules and regulations surrounding ADA-compliant ramps are somewhat complex, but the main mandates regarding these ramps are as follows:
We can ensure your ramps meet ADA requirements.
Like ramps, ADA compliance for curbs is a complex topic. However, we can make sure that your standard and zero-face curbs fully meet the current regulations as dictated by law. This includes ensuring your lot meets slope requirements and that your landings are sized correctly.
The term truncated dome, also known as tactile paving, refers to the raised, usually yellow, bumps found on pathways and platforms. By using truncated domes, visually impaired individuals can be alerted to changes to the walking surface as well as other hazards.
These bumps are mandatory for curb ramps and platform boarding edges, but they must not hinder access for mobility-impaired individuals.
Here at Victory Paving, we inspect, repair, and install truncated domes to help keep your site’s visitors safe while keeping your business ADA compliant.
Contact Victory Paving today to set up an appointment for a free site evaluation to help make sure your parking lot meets all current local, California, and federal ADA requirements.