What are the compliance dates mandated by the new 2010 ADA Standards?

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued newly revised ADA regulations which began taking effect in March, 2011 and impacted entities covered by Title II and Title III. March 15, 2012 marked the compliance date for provisions governing the 2010 ADA Standards for new construction, alterations, program accessibility, and barrier removal.

On or after March 15th, 2012 all newly constructed or altered facilities must comply with the requirements in the 2010 Standards. If elements in existing facilities already comply with the 1991 Standards and are not being altered, entities are not required to make changes to those elements to bring them into compliance with the 2010 Standards.

For title II entities, 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 ADA Standards.

For businesses that are covered under title III, the compliance date for the 2010 ADA Standards for new construction and alterations is determined by:

  • the date the last application for a building permit or permit extension is certified to be complete by a State, county, or local government;
  • the date the last application for a building permit or permit extension is received by a State, county, or local government, where the government does not certify the completion of applications; or 
  • the start date of physical construction or alteration, if no permit is required. 

If that date is on or after March 15, 2012, then new construction and alterations must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards

Further information can be found in the U.S. Department of Justice publication “Effective Date – Compliance Date” at http://www.ada.gov/revised_effective_dates-2010.htm.

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