What Is An ADA Compliant Parking Lot?

What Is An ADA Compliant Parking Lot?

Finding a safe spot for parking near a busy facility is a near-impossible task. Thus, commercial and industrial property owners and managers add a parking lot to their property to prevent inconvenience to their customers and employees.

However, the parking lot should not only meet the parking needs of your employees and customers but should also be ADA compliant. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents discrimination against people. Thus, in order to provide everybody with the same opportunities and experience, ADA enforces reasonable modifications in different areas, including parking lots.

If your parking lot is not ADA compliant, at any time, you can incur fines or have a lawsuit registered against you.

What Do ADA Guidelines For Parking Lots Include?

Most professional paving firms are well-aware of ADA guidelines, which is why you do not have to worry about any potential liability if you are hiring the right paving contractor. However, just to be on the safe side, we will inform you about some ADA guidelines, so you can gauge how knowledgeable and professional your paving contractor actually is.

  • If your parking facility is offering valet parking services, you should have the required number of accessible parking spaces and an accessible passenger loading zone.
  • If you want to add a mechanical access parking garage to your property, you need to make sure that it has an accessible passenger loading zone located at the car drop-off/pick-up area.
  • The number of accessibility spots in a parking lot depends on its total capacity. There should be one accessibility parking spot for every 25 regular parking spaces. If your parking lot has between 501 to 1000 parking spots, 2% of the parking spaces should be accessibility spots. If your lot has over 1000 parking spots, you need 20 accessible spots and one extra parking spot for every 100 spaces.
  • One out of every six accessible parking spaces needs to be van-accessible, which means a parking lot with 400 total parking spaces should have eight ADA-compliant parking spots and two van-accessible stalls.
  • Accessible parking spaces should be eight feet wide.
  • A van-accessible space should be eleven feet wide if the access aisle adjacent to ADA-compliant parking spaces is five feet wide. A van-accessible space can even be constructed eight feet wide if the access aisle is also eight feet wide.
  • Two parking spaces can share an access aisle, so there is enough room for a vehicle-mounted wheelchair lift to be deployed or for people with wheelchairs and walkers to pass through easily.
  • Van-accessible spots should clearly indicate ‘van-accessible,’ so not all drivers park there.
  • All signs in the parking lot should be placed at a height where the sign’s lower edge reaches over five feet above the ground.
  • All the direct pedestrian connections leading from your parking lot to the main building need to be accessible.

Are you looking for an expert paving firm that is well-aware of all ADA guidelines? Laurel Asphalt offers premium and cost-effective asphalt paving and line striping solutions for parking lots in Pennsylvania. Contact us for more information.