How to Restripe Your Parking Lot to Remain in ADA Compliance

Are the lines in your parking lot starting to look faded and vague? It might be time for restriping. An outdated, improperly marked parking lot isn't just an eyesore, it can be a safety hazard and even open you up for lawsuits.

According to guidelines from the ADA, businesses that serve the public have a continuing ADA obligation to remove barriers to access in existing parking lots. This means that if your lot isn’t in compliance with the ADA, you could be opening yourself up to a violation.

Violating the ADA is costly, and can even open you up to a lawsuit. The maximum civil penalty for a first violation is $75,000. For a subsequent offense, the maximum goes up to $150,000.

Restriping can help you make sure your parking lot is up to any applicable regulations by ensuring you have the correct number and size of accessible parking spaces, and that those spaces are marked appropriately.

What You Need to Know About ADA Compliance When Restriping Your Parking Lot

Total Number of Required ADA-Compliant Spaces

Some amount of math is needed to calculate how many accessible spaces you need to ensure you're in compliance with the ADA.

One out of every six accessible spaces, but at least one, must be van accessible. The total number of accessible spaces grows with the size of your lot, with just one van accessible space required for lots up to 25 spaces, up to nine required accessible spaces with two van spaces for lots with 401-500 spaces. 

If you don't have the proper number of accessible and van accessible spaces, your lot will need to be restriped appropriately.

Learn how to calculate the appropriate number of accessible spaces for your parking lot.

Size Requirements for Accessible Spaces

Accessible spaces are also subject to certain size requirements. 

Per federal ADA requirements,  car accessible spaces must be 216 inches long and 96 inches wide, and be adjacent to a 60 inch wide access aisle. Van accessible spaces must be 132 inches wide and 216 inches long, and be adjacent to a 96 inch wide access aisle. Spaces are sized appropriately to ensure that an individual using a wheelchair can enter or exit their vehicle.

Businesses in California should note that the California Building Standards Code imposes even stricter requirements. In the Golden state, accessible spaces must be 108 inches wide for cars, and 144 inches wide for vans.

Appropriate Placement for Accessible Spaces

When restriping your lot, ensure that all accessible parking spaces are located appropriately. The ADA requires that accessible spaces be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible entrance. Additionally, ramps may not extend into the access aisle.

Restriping to Use Appropriate Paint Colors

California businesses need to mark ADA-compliant parking spaces with the international symbol of accessibility with a 36 by 36 inch symbol marked on the ground, in addition to other required signage. This symbol should be painted in white on a blue background, and placed so that it’s clearly visible when a vehicle is parked in the spot.

The access aisle must be marked by a border painted blue. Within the blue border, hatched lines should be painted in a color that contrasts the parking surface, preferably blue or white. The words NO PARKING should be painted on the ground to prevent people from parking in these access aisles.

These requirements are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when restriping your parking lot. Accessibility needs may change according to local regulations and other factors. The best way to ensure you're in compliance is to get a quote for ADA-compliant restriping services by the experienced professionals at JV Lucas.

Get a free ADA compliance quote.