If they want to avoid possible fines or penalties, businesses in Las Vegas are required to comply with a dizzying array of building codes, state laws, local ordinances, and municipal fire codes. Ensuring to involve ADA compliance in their parking lots is one of the most challenging areas for many business managers and owners. With this in mind, we at Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to discuss ADA Compliance in Las Vegas.
Basics of ADA Compliance
A comprehensive legislative package meant to secure the civil rights of handicapped individuals is the Americans with Disabilities Act that the federal government passed in 1992. Since then, it has been updated five times when the ADA was amended in 2008. Requiring retailers to make sure that aisles in their stores met minimum width requirements, requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees, and specifying the slope and run of both interior and exterior accessible ramps are included in ADA guidelines that covers a wide range of topics. You are ADA compliant in Las Vegas if you are in full compliance with the federal guidelines, which is a rule. Detailed guidelines for parking lots at businesses, agencies, and organizations that are open to the public are also contained in the ADA.
Common ADA Compliance Guidelines for Parking Spaces & Lots
It is impractical to cover the guidelines in detail because the ADA is very specific about your signage, parking lot layout, and parking lot striping and the information is extensive. However, below is a list of common mistakes that can be parking lot violations.
1) The minimum requirements must be satisfied as you must provide accessible parking spaces. The total number of spaces in your parking lot design determines the minimum requirements. For example, 2% of the total spaces must be accessible if your parking lot can accommodate between 501 and 1,000 vehicles, and of these 2% one in eight must be van-accessible spaces, while the other seven are only required to be car-accessible spaces.
2) You must provide next to accessible parking spaces access aisles that run the entire length of the space. They must have a minimum width of 60 inches for car-accessible spaces and the access aisles must be at least 96 inches wide for van-accessible spaces.
3) As close as possible to an accessible entrance is where accessible spaces must be located. The spaces and route between the entrance should be free from all obstacles.
4) To identify accessible parking spaces, pavement markings and permanent signs are required. Many businesses choose to provide them, although the ADA does not require pavement markings to identify access routes.
5) For the people using crutches, canes, wheelchairs, motorized scooters, or other mobility aids, the pavements should be level and free from damage that could be hazardous.
6) ADA-compliant ramps must be installed if curbs, sidewalks, or landscaping islands, lie within the access route.