ADA Compliance

ADA compliant remodels and new construction

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was put into law on July 26, 1990. It is the basis of many lawsuits in the restaurant industry. California did not adopt the law fully until 1994. California is the state most highly affected in the country. Construction and remodeling processes in the previous years had been gauged by the states published Title 24 access regulations. At the present time, compliance with the original Title 24 access regulations, do not guarantee compliance with federal ADA laws. (CalDAG 2000, preface)

Because of the highly intricate details of the ADA, many violations are present in newly remodeled or constructed buildings. City plan checkers, architects, contractors or field inspectors may not notice some of the more detailed aspects of the ADA and fail to comply fully with the laws. We base all the work to be done in your restaurants from the information in the 2000 California Disability Guidebook (CalDAG). The CalDAG book has established a relevant set of standards that reflects the Federal Governments position on the ADA laws.

Many facilities including some of your restaurants will not be able to fully comply with ADA laws. But, they can in turn qualify for a hardship in some circumstances. If any of these circumstances are prevalent in your restaurants, we will inform you of the situation and the best available way to avoid future legal matters.

We cannot keep the persons who are out there looking for public places that are not in compliance with ADA laws out of your restaurants, but we can make your restaurant comply to ADA laws to an extent that others do not proceed with legal matters.

Correctly non-compliance

The first sign of non-compliance is the exterior of your restaurants. The parking, striping, signage and handicapped ramps are those items that need to be corrected immediately. Potential lawsuits may be avoided if the persons who are looking to sue another person do not see a reason to enter the facility.

Secondly is the access within the restaurant to the front counter and the sanitary facilities. The front counter height, drink station height, condiment stations, entry doors, interior signage and rest room compliance would be the next obvious reason to have lawsuits filed against your restaurants. By placing all the items mentioned in ADA compliant standards, lawsuits can be deterred or even avoided.

Finally, available seating issues should be addressed. This includes the proper spacing between tables and chairs, as well as proper table heights and leg/foot clearances. These are items that are not easily noticed. They can pose legal issues but are less obvious and easily correctable.

By completing all three categories above, your restaurants should be in compliance with ADA laws.

There are many other tangibles involved within the sanitary facilities, such as requiring to jackhammer concrete to relocate fixtures, removing wall finishes, building new walls or removing existing walls, all the construction finishes like ceramic tile, frp, paint and clean up. These items can be determined at pre-construction job walks and detailed in the scope of work required. Actual construction costs can be determined with a site visit.

All building permit costs, bonds and architect drawings if required will be paid for by owner.

The costs for our ADA scope of work and survey will be $ 500.00 per restaurant plus travel expenses.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments on the information presented or on the construction process.