Trying to be compliant to building codes can be hard. And there is some confusion between being ADA compliant and being code compliant. Just because you are ADA compliant doesn’t mean that you are being code compliant. You may wonder, why? ADA compliance comes down from the federal government. This means that everyone needs to follow these codes regardless of what city or state you life in. However, individual states and city may make their own codes that are more strict then the ADA compliance codes. The best way to make sure that you are compliant is or you to check with your city’s code compliance offices to ensure you are making the best decisions about your business’s building.
When you are looking at your parking lot there are somethings you want to ensure to make sure that you are ADA compliant. Each parking lot needs to have a certain amount of accessible parking spots. Each parking lot needs at least one van accessible spot and for every 6 accessible spots there needs to be at least 1 van accessible spot. Below you can see the chart of how many accessible spots are needed based on the number of parking spots provided.
CAR VS VAN REQUIREMENTS
Car accessible spots require the following:
+ Further info on car and van requirements can be found here
Don’t forget to check out to see if there is any tax credit available for you to make these changes. Small business may be eligible for up to $5,000 in tax credits for making changes to the parking lot. Small business are defined by the IRS as business that have less than 30 full-time employees and had a gross product of $1,000,000. Other business may also be able to receive up to $15000 in tax credit for the purpose of removing barriers on property in order to provide better accessibility.
+Further info on tax credits can be found here