Common violations of accessibility codes in buildings

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Construction Code Violations |

Building and construction codes outline accessibility standards that embody inclusivity, ensuring that people with disabilities can access and use public and private buildings just like anyone else.

Unfortunately, violations of these codes still occur, either through oversight or during renovations and upgrades. In these situations, property owners and contractors can face serious repercussions.

Below are some common accessibility standard violations in public and private buildings.

  • Inadequate parking accommodations: This includes insufficient accessible parking spaces, improperly sized spaces or lack of access aisles.
  • Inaccessible entrances and exits: If an entrance or exit is in an inaccessible route or lacks ramps where necessary, it violates accessibility codes. This includes doors that may not be wide enough or have too high thresholds.
  • Inaccessible restrooms: Another common building accessibility issues are restrooms that are too small, lack necessary grab bars or have fixtures, such as sinks or toilets, at incorrect heights.
  • Lack of accessible interiors and routes: This includes corridors that are too narrow, doors that are difficult to open (high opening force) or inaccessible elevators and stairs.
  • Floor and ground surface issues: Uneven surfaces or those with high pile carpeting that can impede wheelchair movement.

To ensure compliance with the law, architects, contractors and property owners should be familiar with the specific accessibility requirements as well as New Jersey’s state-specific regulations, including their updated versions.

Consequences of failing to address violations timely

Building and construction code violations are time-sensitive and require prompt action. Failing to address building accessibility violations in a timely manner can have several consequences, such as increased costs, denial of occupancy permits, lawsuits and fines.

If you have been served with a notice of violation and/or order to pay penalties, it is advisable to immediately speak to an experienced legal representative to discuss your issue and explore possible resolutions.

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