Parking Lot ADA Guidelines

The American Disability Act guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. Parking lot ADA compliance requires accessible parking spaces and clearly marked signage. Do you know if your business is in compliance with ADA standards? Consider asking yourself the following questions,

  • Does your parking lot have the correct number of accessible parking spaces based on the total number of spaces in your parking lot? For example, if your lot has 50 spaces, the ADA requires two of those spaces be clearly marked both by sign and accessible markings.
  • Do you have the correct number of van-accessible spaces? 1 of every 8 accessible parking spaces must be van-accessible.
  • Are the access aisles next to your accessible spaces the correct width? For these aisles to be compliant they must be 5 feet wide for a standard space and 8 feet wide for van accessible spaces.
  • Are the accessible parking spaces located on the shortest accessible route of travel to the accessible facility entrance? If your facility serves multiple buildings or accessible entrances, accessible parking spaces should be spread throughout to enable patrons to park near as many accessible entrances at possible.
  • Do your parking spaces also have a sign with the international symbol of accessibility mounted high enough that it can be seen while the vehicle is parked in the space? Signs should be mounted to ensure visibility for both motorists as well as local law enforcement.

Keep in mind that these codes are in accordance with the Indiana ADA code and could vary based on municipality. If you find that you are not in compliance or have questions regarding your specific city code, give Otto’s a call. We will be happy to help!

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