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IS YOUR LOT LEGAL?

Do you know if your parking lot is legal? Federal Law requires that parking structures and lots comply with the regulations set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Violations of these requirements can lead to very costly fines and penalties, as well as result in potential lawsuits.  Our mission is to help you understand these legal requirements and to provide a solution that protects you from potential repercussions of noncompliance.

Background

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.  Referring specifically to parking structures and lots, the ADA applies to all places of public accommodation and commercial facilities, and: 

    • Guarantees equal opportunity accommodations for individuals with disabilities in public and private places

    • Sets the minimum standards for accessibility regarding existing parking structures/lots, subsequent alterations to existing structures/lots, and new construction of facilities. 

    • Requires removal of barriers to entry ways of facilities (i.e. making curb cuts in sidewalks and entrances)

    • Directs businesses to make "reasonable modifications" to comply with Federal Law

Facilities Mandated to Comply include places of Public Accommodation and Commercial Facilities.  Essentially, all buildings and facilities accessible to the public are required to comply with ADA standards.

 

 Regulations for Parking Lots

Accessible Parking Stalls are 96 inches in length with a minimum 60 inch Access Aisle (required hatching stripe between accessible parking stalls).

There MUST be 1 Accessible Stall for every 25 regular parking stalls.  Requirements change a bit with more than 100 stalls, so we’ve included this graphic for your reference.

Van Accessible Parking Stalls are 96 inches in length with a minimum of 96 inch Access Aisles.

There MUST be 1 Van Accessible Parking Stall for every 200 regular parking stalls and 2 if there are more than 201 or more regular parking stalls.  Minimum 36 inch adjacent access aisles are required.

Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible facility entrance.  Where buildings have multiple accessible entrances with adjacent parking, the accessible parking spaces must be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violations and Repercussions

  • 1st Violation = up to $60,000 fine

  •   2nd Violation = up to $120,000 fine

These pictures are prime examples of Accessible Stalls that are considered violations and could result in hefty fines. 

Whether your parking lot is 1,000sq. ft., 10,000sq. ft., or 100,000sq. ft., you still face the possibility of hefty $60,000 initial fine if your lot is found to be in violation of the ADA.  The average total cost for sealcoating and line striping a 100,000sq. ft. parking lot is less than $20,000.00 – or 1/3 of the highest initial fine you could receive for noncompliance.  By that comparison, you could receive full sealcoat and line striping services for upwards of 10 years and still spend less than $60,000 on average.  Having a regular maintenance plan in place will ensure that your asphalt and concrete paving will remain ADA compliant and add curb appeal to your property.  

As a COMPLIMENTARY addition to our invoiced repair work, Sgt. Sealcoat provides a package of services that NO ONE else in the industry offers.  It’s called our Sgt. Seal of Approval, and it’s offered to customers who wish to trust us with managing and maintaining their asphalt and concrete paving needs into the future.  These services include:

    • Annual site visit and assessments of the lot for ADA compliance and overall safety to protect you.

    • 48hr. Emergency Response Time – potholes, faded lines, etc.

    • Forecasted Budget of Asphalt/Concrete Maintenance Costs to help you plan your expenses for years into the future.

At Sgt. Sealcoat, our mission is to build continuous relationships with our customers and retain 100% of our client base into the future.  That is how we set ourselves apart from our competitors and gain your trust.

 

Reference:

Medical Facilities                                                          

Certain types of medical facilities need more accessible parking

  • Hospital outpatient facilities need 10% of patient/visitor spaces to be accessible.

  • Rehabilitation facilities that specialize in treating mobility-related conditions and outpatient physical therapy facilities need 20% of patient/visitor spaces to be accessible.

  • The number of van-accessible spaces is one of every six accessible parking spaces, or fraction of six.

For example: An outpatient physical therapy facility has a parking lot with 50 total spaces for employees only. The lot needs two accessible spaces, one of which must be van-accessible. A separate lot with 200 total spaces for patients and visitors needs 40 accessible spaces, seven of which must be van-accessible.