Ramps have strict criteria for ADA compliance

It is important for businesses to understand that an existing ramp at a building entrance may not mean that barrier removal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been met.

August 09, 2012

It is important for businesses to understand that an existing ramp at a building entrance may not mean that barrier removal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been met.

Compliance requires ramps to meet strict criteria, including a running slope of no more than 8.33%, 60-inch-long level landings at the top and bottom, and handrails at the right height, among other features. Deviating from the criteria is only permitted when it is technically infeasible to fully comply. Even then, any deviation is subject to limits.

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