Architectural Barriers Act

Architectural Barriers Act

Apply to facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds

 

The Board’s guidelines issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) have been completely updated and revised. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) cover the construction and alteration of facilities in the private sector (places of public accommodation and commercial facilities) and the public sector (state and local government facilities). The accessibility guidelines issued under the ABA primarily address facilities in the Federal sector and others designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds. The guidelines under both laws have been updated together in one rule that contains three parts: a scoping document for ADA facilities, a scoping document for ABA facilities, and a common set of technical criteria that the scoping sections will reference. As a result, the requirements for both ADA and ABA facilities will be made more consistent.

Current Status: On July 23, 2004, the Board published the guidelines in final form along with a regulatory assessment.

ADA standards and ABA standards maintained by other agencies have been updated based on these guidelines.

Background: The Board established an advisory committee to conduct a complete review of ADAAG and to recommend changes. The ADAAG Review Advisory Committee consisted of 22 members representing the design and construction industry, the building code community, State and local governments entities, and people with disabilities. The committee was charged with reviewing ADAAG in its entirety and making recommendations for updating ADAAG so that it remains consistent with technological developments and changes in model codes and national standards and continues to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The committee developed a comprehensive set of recommendations that address substantive changes to ADAAG scoping provisions and technical requirements as well as its format and numbering system. Cited as an outstanding example of reinventing government, the Committee and the Board received the Vice Presidential Hammer Award in July 1996. The Board’s proposal will be largely based on the committee’s final report, Recommendations for a New ADAAG.

On November 16, 1999, a proposed rule was published in the Federal Register for public comment for six months. Over 2,500 comments were received on the proposal.

Rulemaking History:

  • September 14, 1994 Board      creates the ADAAG Review Advisory Committee
  • July 10, 1996 ADAAG Review      Advisory Committee submits its report to the Board
  • March 11, 1998 Board adopts a      plan to combine revision of ADAAG with revision of ABA Accessibility      Guidelines, which cover Federally funded facilities
  • March 10, 1999 Board approves a      proposed rule
  • September 3, 1999 Board submits      proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance
  • November 16, 1999 Proposed rule      is published in the      Federal Register
  • January 31, 2000 Board holds      public hearing on proposed rule in Los Angeles, CA
  • March 13, 2000 Board holds      public hearing on proposed rule in Arlington, VA
  • May 15, 2000 Deadline for      public comments on the proposed rule; over 2,500 comments received
  • October 24 and 25, 2000, the      Board holds information meetings on ATMs, reach ranges, and captioning
  • April 2, 2002, the Board places      in the docket for public review a draft of the final guidelines
  • January 14, 2004 the Board      approves the final rule for submission to OMB
  • February 23, 2004 the Board      submits final rule to OMB
  • June 25, 2004 OMB approves      final rule for publication
  • July 23, 2004 the Board      publishes the final rule

The Board’s guidelines issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) have been completely updated and revised. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) cover the construction and alteration of facilities in the private sector (places of public accommodation and commercial facilities) and the public sector (state and local government facilities). The accessibility guidelines issued under the ABA primarily address facilities in the Federal sector and others designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds. The guidelines under both laws have been updated together in one rule that contains three parts: a scoping document for ADA facilities, a scoping document for ABA facilities, and a common set of technical criteria that the scoping sections will reference. As a result, the requirements for both ADA and ABA facilities will be made more consistent.

Current Status: On July 23, 2004, the Board published the guidelines in final form along with a regulatory assessment.

ADA standards and ABA standards maintained by other agencies have been updated based on these guidelines.

Background: The Board established an advisory committee to conduct a complete review of ADAAG and to recommend changes. The ADAAG Review Advisory Committee consisted of 22 members representing the design and construction industry, the building code community, State and local governments entities, and people with disabilities. The committee was charged with reviewing ADAAG in its entirety and making recommendations for updating ADAAG so that it remains consistent with technological developments and changes in model codes and national standards and continues to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The committee developed a comprehensive set of recommendations that address substantive changes to ADAAG scoping provisions and technical requirements as well as its format and numbering system. Cited as an outstanding example of reinventing government, the Committee and the Board received the Vice Presidential Hammer Award in July 1996. The Board’s proposal will be largely based on the committee’s final report, Recommendations for a New ADAAG.

On November 16, 1999, a proposed rule was published in the Federal Register for public comment for six months. Over 2,500 comments were received on the proposal.

Rulemaking History:

  • September 14, 1994 Board      creates the ADAAG Review Advisory Committee
  • July 10, 1996 ADAAG Review      Advisory Committee submits its report to the Board
  • March 11, 1998 Board adopts a      plan to combine revision of ADAAG with revision of ABA Accessibility      Guidelines, which cover Federally funded facilities
  • March 10, 1999 Board approves a      proposed rule
  • September 3, 1999 Board submits      proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance
  • November 16, 1999 Proposed rule      is published in the      Federal Register
  • January 31, 2000 Board holds      public hearing on proposed rule in Los Angeles, CA
  • March 13, 2000 Board holds      public hearing on proposed rule in Arlington, VA
  • May 15, 2000 Deadline for      public comments on the proposed rule; over 2,500 comments received
  • October 24 and 25, 2000, the      Board holds information meetings on ATMs, reach ranges, and captioning
  • April 2, 2002, the Board places      in the docket for public review a draft of the final guidelines
  • January 14, 2004 the Board      approves the final rule for submission to OMB
  • February 23, 2004 the Board      submits final rule to OMB
  • June 25, 2004 OMB approves      final rule for publication
  • July 23, 2004 the Board      publishes the final rule