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The Department of Justice published revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 "ADA" in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design "2010 Standards" or "Standards". The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Adoption of the 2010 Standards also establishes a revised reference point for Title II entities that choose to make structural changes to existing facilities to meet their program accessibility requirements; and it establishes a similar reference for Title III entities undertaking readily achievable barrier removal.

The Department is providing this document with the official 2010 Standards in one publication. The document includes:
  • The 2010 Standards for State and local governments, which consist of the Title II regulations at 28 CFR 35.151 and the 2004 ADAAG at 36 CFR part 1191, appendices B and D;
  • The 2010 Standards for public accommodations and commercial facilities, which consist of the Title III regulations at 28 CFR part 36, subpart D, and the 2004 ADAAG at 36 CFR part 1191, appendices B and D.
The Department has assembled into a separate publication the revised regulation guidance that applies to the Standards. The Department included guidance in its revised ADA regulations published on September 15, 2010. This guidance provides detailed information about the Department’s adoption of the 2010 Standards including changes to the Standards, the reasoning behind those changes, and responses to public comments received on these topics.

The document, Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, can be downloaded from

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State and local government facilities must follow the requirements of the 2010 Standards, including both the Title II regulations at 28 CFR 35.151; and the 2004 ADAAG at 36 CFR part 1191, appendices B and D.



In the few places where requirements between the two differ, the requirements of 28 CFR 35.151 prevail.

If the start date for construction is on or after March 15, 2012, all newly constructed or altered State and local government facilities must comply with the 2010 Standards. Before that date, the 1991 Standards (without the elevator exemption), the UFAS, or the 2010 Standards may be used for projects when the start of construction commences on or after September 15, 2010.
The following are some ADA requirements. A complete ADA Manual is downloadable from the Link above.



Carpet Pile Height

Vertical Change in Level

Beveled Change in Level

T-Shaped Turning Space

Clear Floor or Ground Space

Toe Clearance

Position of Clear Floor or Ground Space

Maneuvering Clearance in an
Alcove, Forward Approach

Knee Clearance

Limits of Protruding Objects

Vertical Clearance

Clear Width of an Accessible Route

Clear Width at Turn

Clear Width of Doorways

Clear Width at Turn

Doors

Doors

Maneuvering Clearances at Recessed Doors and Gates

Doors in Series and Gates in Series