Parking facilities need to be ADA compliant. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides specific guidelines and rules regarding accessible parking in any facility. When you are not in compliance with accessibility rules, it can lead to hefty fines and lawsuits. Do you know if your parking facility is in compliance?
The first thing you must do to be ADA compliant is to provide an adequate number of accessible parking spaces. This is dependent upon the size of your lot. For example, if you have 1-25 spaces in your facility, you must have one accessible parking lot.
Guidelines vary slightly for medical facilities and in some places, accessible parking spaces are required to meet specific parameters--the width must be 8 ft for a car and 11 feet for a van and the access aisle must be 5 feet wide and be as long as the parking space.
When it comes to signage, handicap parking signs must contain the International Symbol of Accessibility and be located in front of the parking space. They must be installed 5 feet about the ground so they have high visibility. If the facility contains fewer than 4 spaces are not required to have signage for accessible spaces.
Pavement Markings--while accessible parking spaces are not required to be painted with blue lines or have the International Symbol for Accessibility marked on the pavement, this is a common practice and it should be highly considered.