ADA Compliance: Ensuring Accessible Parking with Proper Line Striping in the Lowcountry
As a responsible member of your Lowcountry community, you want to ensure your business remains compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. What you might not realize is that one of the most important elements of ADA accessibility is your parking lot. Here we look at the importance of providing equal access for all customers and the role parking lot line striping plays in avoiding potential legal issues.
What is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. ADA standards ensure all public spaces, including privately owned businesses and commercial properties, provide access via accessible parking lots. When you install parking lot line striping, it allows you to designate accessible parking spaces in compliance with 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
What are the ADA-Compliant Parking Space Standards?
ADA-compliant parking spaces adhere to the following standards:
Parking lot line striping allows you to identify accessible parking spaces located with the most direct route to your entry. If you have multiple entries with adjacent parking, it is best to disperse accessible parking spaces among each parking area and place them as close as possible to each entry. Also, you must provide an accessible route from your accessible parking spaces leading to an accessible entrance. This means the route must be free of curbs and stairs with a pathway at least 3 feet wide.
The surface must be firm, stable, and slip-resistant with a slope no greater than 1:12 in the direction of travel. Your parking line striping service provider can indicate pathways and apply a safe, slip-resistant coating. You should also consider other factors like accessibility to payment centers for parking fees, elevator availability for multi-level parking, and creating van and accessible parking in clusters adjacent to logical entries, payment centers, elevators, etc.
Parking space identification requires a sign with the international symbol of accessibility mounted 60 inches minimum from the bottom of the sign to the ground. A symbol can also be painted in the parking space by your parking lot line striping service to make it clear the parking spot is designated for accessible parking.
Accessible parking spaces are a minimum of 96 inches wide and must be marked to define the width using parking lot line striping. Vertical clearance for indoor parking is a minimum of 98 inches to accommodate van height which also requires an adjacent access aisle for wheelchairs and ramps. These access areas are designated with diagonal yellow parking lot line striping.
The boundary of the access aisle must also be marked with yellow diagonal striping to discourage parking. The diagonal striped areas are easily recognized as no parking zones, as well as an area that prohibits vehicular traffic.
How Many Accessible Parking Spaces are Required?
This chart shows you how many accessible parking spaces are required for your business based on the overall number of spaces in your parking lot.
|# of Parking Spaces
|Accessible Space Min.
|Accessible Van Space Min.
|1 to 25
|26 to 50
|51 to 75
|76 to 100
|101 to 150
|151 to 200
|201 to 300
|301 to 400
|401 to 500
|500 to 1000
|2% of total parking
|1 out of every 6 accessible spaces
|1001 and over
|20 plus 1 for each 100
|1 out of every 6 accessible spaces
Parking lot line striping allows you to mark and maintain your accessible parking spaces clearly.
What is Required for Van-Accessible Parking Spaces?
Van-accessible parking spaces include the same features as general accessible parking along with the following required features:
- A “van accessible” designation on the sign
- 132 inches width minimum
- An adjacent 60-inch wide minimum access aisle
- At least 98 inches of vertical clearance for the van parking space, along with the access aisle and vehicular route to and from the van-accessible space
Non-compliance with ADA parking requirements can result in fines ranging from $1500 to upwards of $10,000. You can also face civil lawsuits for ADA non-compliance. Parking lot line striping ensures your accessible parking spaces are clearly marked, access aisles are clearly defined, and the safety of your parking lot helps protect disabled visitors and staff when using your parking area. Re-striping is also crucial to remain compliant.
EverLine Coatings in The Lowcountry offers durable and dependable parking lot line striping. Request a free quote from us today!