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Published in the Federal Register September 26, 2013.

36 CFR Part 1191
RIN 3014-AA22

Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Final Rule.

SUMMARY: We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), are issuing a final rule that amends the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines by adding scoping and technical requirements for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, trails, and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies. The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The final rule applies to the following federal agencies and their components that administer outdoor areas developed for recreational purposes: Department of Agriculture (Forest Service); Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers); and Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service). The final rule also applies to non-federal entities that construct or alter recreation facilities on federal land on behalf of the federal agencies pursuant to a concession contract, partnership agreement, or similar arrangement.

DATES: The final rule is effective November 25, 2013. The incorporation of certain publications listed in the guidelines is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 21, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Botten, Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004–1111. Telephone: (202) 272–0014 (voice) or (202) 272–0082 (TTY). E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Table of Contents for Preamble

1. New Format for Guidelines
2. Executive Summary
3. Statutory and Regulatory Background
4. Changes Made to the Proposed Rule
5. Discussion of Scoping and Technical Requirements
6. Regulatory Analyses
Text of the Final Guidelines

In this preamble, “we,” “our” and “us” refer to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board).