houston tx ada compliance

Is your parking lot ADA handicap compliant?

Implementing Houston TX ADA Compliance Standards  

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What You Need to Know About Accessible Parking in Texas

ADA Compliance makes your organization accessible to all individuals, regardless of disabilities, but they can be confusing when decision makers start thinking through parking lot striping, pavement restriping and ADA handicap spaces. When a business stripes or restripes a parking lot, it’s required to provide accessible parking as required by the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. 

Stripe It Right has extensive experience implementing the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) that regulate space size and placement. We’ll also help your organization be compliant with federal ADA standards. 

Who Exactly is Required to Follow ADA Compliance Standards?

Probably you are

If you own a business or privately owned facility that offers goods or services to the public, ADA Compliance is required. You’ll need to provide the required number of accessible spaces depending on the size of your lot. There are also requirements that businesses provide “reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities and for landlords who have tenants with disabilities.  

 If it sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. But you don’t have to figure it out on your own, just contact Stripe It Right’s ADA Compliance Experts.

Texas Accessibility Standards Require That...

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Handicap van spaces

At least one out of every eight accessible spaces, but no less than one, must be made van-accessible

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Accessible parking spaces must be at least 96 inches wide. Each accessible parking space must have either an access aisle at least 60 inches wide or a van-accessible aisle at least 96 inches wide.

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Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible entrance. If there are multiple accessible entrances, the accessible parking spaces shall be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances.

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ADA Compliance & parallel parking

Parallel parking is discouraged unless it can be situated so that persons entering and exiting vehicles will be out of the flow of traffic.

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Handicap Space Slope

Parking spaces and access aisles must be level, with a maximum allowable slope of 2% in all directions

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ADA Complance Signs

Each accessible parking space shall be designated as a reserved space with a sign showing the symbol of accessibility 60 inches off ground. Designated van-accessible parking spaces must have an additional "Van-Accessible" sign mounted below the symbol of accessibility.

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Passenger Loading

Passenger loading zones shall provide an access aisle at least 60 inches (1525 millimeters) wide and 240 inches (6100 millimeters) long parallel to the vehicle pull-up space.

ADA Rules for Covered Parking

Covered parking must provide a minimum vertical clearance of 114 inches at entrances, exits, passenger loading zones, and along at least one vehicle access route. Covered parking must provide a minimum vertical clearance of 98 inches (2490 millimeters) at all van-accessible spaces.

handicap signs are

not enough

You can’t just paint a blue wheelchair on the asphalt and hang up a sign, then count yourself ADA Compliant. There are very specific requirements for the size and number of spaces and how they should be identified. Facilities that get it wrong can be fined, or even face a civil lawsuit.  

 It’s not just about the money (although a fine of up to $75,000 for the first violation is pretty motivating.) Failing to provide handicap accessible parking damages your business reputation because it communicates your brand doesn’t care about certain groups. 

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Houston Multi-Family Residential Accessible Parking

The Federal Fair Housing Act can add an additional layer of complication for people who own multi-family residential property. We provide Houston ADA Compliance during parking lot striping or restriping for apartment complexes, condos, duplexes, multistory apartment buildings, townhouses and high-rise apartments. 

Frequently asked questions

About ADA Compliance for Houston Parking Lots

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA, is a civil rights statute that outlaws discrimination based on disability. It provides Americans with disabilities with comparable safeguards against discrimination as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other traits, as well as sexual orientation, illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA requires covered employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers and places public accommodations to be accessible. In terms of parking lot striping or pavement marking, that means you follow standards that give people with disabilities equal access. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require businesses use a specific shade for pavement marking, but best practices dictate colors should be chosen in a way that’s easily identified and understood. It’s pretty universal to mark handicapped spaces in blue, fire lanes in red, use yellow or white for loading zones or crosswalk etc. 

Handicap parking slots must be in a parking lot location that provides the most accessible route to the building’s entrance.  

They should also be close to the entry so that the distance between the car and the doors is as short as feasible. 

at least eight feet wide, with a minimum of five feet of aisle space close to them.  

A van handicap parking place must be at least 11 feet wide, with an accessible walkway from the aisle to the building’s accessible entrance. 

If your asphalt has started to crack and crumble, fresh sealcoating will restore and protect. Then we’ll apply parking lot striping for a like-new appearance. 

The Department of Justice has the authority to enforce parking lot requirements outlined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For landlords, tenants can report violations to the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Each of those agencies may decide to investigate and impose fines and requirements. Life is much simpler if organizations just make sure they’re compliant in the first place. 

Use the form on our contact page or email info@stripeitright.com