Were you aware that not ensuring that your parking lot is ADA-compliant can result in significant costs? Not only could you potentially be sued by a disabled individual but you could also face fines from state and federal regulatory agencies.
In addition, there are others who use these regulations to seek out potential violations from well-intending businesses that might not be in full compliance with ADA guidelines. As a result, these organizations profit from the misfortune of business owners with kind intentions by bringing lawsuits against them. Therefore, even the slightest issue could hurt your business—for instance, if the height of handicapped parking signs is below 6 feet.
In order to ensure your parking lot is ADA-compliant, it is your responsibility to review all current ADA parking-lot-compliant documents. In addition, you need to review your state’s laws and regulations regarding accessible parking spaces for disabled individuals. There are specific requirements, which often vary from one state to the next.
Besides the state’s regulations, you also have to ensure you are following all federal requirements. The size, number of spaces, and marking of accessible spots vary based upon the overall size of the parking lot and number of spaces. Last, if you have a parking structure with accessible parking on multiple levels, there are additional requirements you must satisfy.
For more information about ADA-compliant parking lots and examples of some requirements, feel free to continue reviewing the following infographic provided by ParkingZone. We also invite you to check out more comprehensive ADA requirements here: