The ADA requires places of public accommodation and commercial facilities to be designed, constructed, and altered in compliance with the ADA standards for accessible design. An alteration is something that affects the usability of the building element or space. For example, installing a new display counter, moving walls in a sales area, replacing fixtures, carpet or flooring, and replacing an entry door would be viewed as alterations. Basic maintenance, like repainting a wall is not viewed as an alteration.
The ADA requires places of public accommodation to take steps to improve access by removing barriers in existing buildings. The steps each business is required to take to remove access barriers depends on several factors including the size and financial resources of the business.
U.S. Department of Justice standards for new construction and alterations for places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.
U.S. Department of Justice guide that presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods or services to the public.
Checklist by the Adaptive Environment Cetner Inc. and Barrier Free Environments Inc., which identifies accessibility problems and solutions in existing facilities.
U.S. Access Board guide on the ADA standards for accessible design.
U.S. Department of Justice manual providing explanation of the regulations and accessibility standards applying to places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.
U.S. Department of Justice document providing a sample of accessibility errors or omissions in new construction.
U.S. Department of Justice document regarding commonly asked questions and design requirements for readily achievable barrier removal and van-accessible parking spaces.
U.S. Department of Justice document providing information about creating accessible car and van spaces when parking lots are restriped.
U.S. Department of Justice checklist to identify most common errors in newly constructed places of lodging.
U.S. Department of Justice document that highlights the most common errors in newly constructed places of lodging.