ADA Compliance Parking Lot Striping
In order for all people, including those with disabilities, to be able to access businesses and buildings, the American Disabilities Act has strict regulations property owners must follow. Appropriately designated parking spaces, curb cuts for wheelchair access onto sidewalks, and properly pitched ramps and railings are all necessary for ADA compliance.
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ADA Compliance for Parking Lots
There are a number of things to consider to ensure that your business is in full ADA compliance. For starters, you must have an adequate number of accessible parking spaces as determined by the size of your parking lot or the needs of your visitors. For example, medical and rehabilitation facilities are required to have a significantly higher ratio of accessible parking spaces than a grocery store with a comparable lot size.
ADA compliance for parking lots goes beyond the number of spaces you have. Van accessibility must be factored in, requiring wider spaces, and those must be closest to the entrance. Spaces must be clearly marked and located within a distance from the building’s entrance. For a complete
ADA Compliance FAQ’s
Parking lot slopes of 5% or less are preferred, but slopes up to 7% are considered acceptable in most cases.
The total amount of required ADA parking spaces will vary depending on the total size of the parking lot, but it is important that you understand what the regulation is for your parking area. If your parking lot has 25 or less total parking spots then it is required by the ADA to have at least 1 handicap accessible parking space with access aisles.
If your parking lot is larger than 25 total parking spaces then you must refer to the ADA Compliance Brief to find out the required amount of handicap accessible parking spaces required by the ADA for your area.
If a business offers public parking, it must provide disabled-accessible parking spaces. For every 25 regular parking spaces, 1 disabled-accessible parking space is required. For 51-75 spaces, three disabled-accessible parking spaces are required. For 501-1,000 spaces, ADA requires 2% of the total number of spaces to be disabled-accessible.
In order to provide a safe and effective parking spot for anyone with additional needs it is important that your parking spaces are the correct dimensions. The ADA requires that a handicap parking space for a passenger vehicle must be at least 8 feet wide, while a parking space for van-accessible spaces must be at least 11 feet wide.
These parking spaces are also required to have access to aisles that are at least 5 feet wide. The access aisles may be shared with adjacent parking spaces but they must be present.
To fit the ADA regulations, every handicap accessible parking space is required to have the universally recognized accessibility symbol. The sign must be at least 60 inches off of the ground and provide a clear instruction over which spot is the designated handicap accessible parking space.
In order for a parking spot to be considered handicap-exclusive, it must be indicated with a compliant sign.
Contact National Pavement for ADA Compliance
To ensure your parking lot is accessible to all visitors, reach out to our ADA experts at National Pavement. We are committed to helping businesses provide safe, convenient parking for those who require accessible parking, and we are up-to-date on all strict regulations in accordance with the ADA guidelines. To learn more about our ADA compliance services, contact us below.