Are your parking lots ADA compliant?
Understanding federal requirements for ADA compliant parking lots can save you money in fines and help you avoid the costs and time needed to fight potential lawsuits and lost profits from facility downtime.
ADA compliance for parking lots is required for commercial buildings, such as office buildings, factories, and warehouses, as well as public accommodations, such as retail and specialty stores, hotels and restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues, and hospitals.
What does ADA Compliance Mean for Parking Lots?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was implemented to protect people with disabilities from discrimination as well as provide them with equal opportunities, access, and enjoyment of public accommodations.
Title III specifically addresses public access with a variety of different regulations to be met by commercial and public facilities, including parking lots, ramps, and the removal of barriers that may impede the access of people with disabilities.
ADA regulations require the removal of barriers from public buildings and areas, creating designated accessible parking spaces, installing entrance ramps, and making other architectural changes to enhance accessibility (Section 36.304) and requiring that one of every six parking spaces must be sized to accommodate vans.
Generally speaking, fifty percent of your public entrances must be accessible, and a minimum number of accessible parking spots are required under these regulations, as well.
What Happens if Your Parking Lot isn't ADA Compliant?
ADA compliance is a serious matter. Failure to comply can lead to fines totaling $75,000 for the first occurrence and $150,000 for subsequent violations.
In addition to steep fines, failure to comply with ADA standards can also result in costly litigation.
Title III requires no prior warning or dialog with a business to trigger a violation. Business owners and municipalities can be "ambushed" by an ADA lawsuit by anyone driving by and seeing a non-compliant parking lot. Courts have withheld that any member of the public can bring forth a Title III lawsuit, even persons who aren't patrons of the allegedly non-compliant business.
How Can You Ensure Your Parking Lots are ADA Compliant?
Bay Area businesses, utilities, and municipalities can rely on JV Lucas Paving to ensure ADA compliance for public and commercial parking lots. JV Lucas Paving specializes in ADA compliance and has helped public and commercial lots meet compliance requirements since the implementation of the ADA.
Our top priority is helping our Bay Area neighboring municipalities and businesses assess, repair, or create new ADA compliant parking lots, helping them to prevent expensive fines, costly and long-running lawsuits, and ensuring accessibility and equal access for all patrons and clients.