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New DOJ Reviews to Include 2010 ADA Standard
February 10, 2011

Codes and standards developed by the International Code Council (ICC) are referenced in the newest federal accessibility regulations. Beginning March 15th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will review construction projects for compliance using either the 1994 ADAAG or 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design regulations. While architects, engineers, designers and builders can currently use either edition of the regulation for compliance, in about a year (March 15th, 2012), the 2010 regulations will be mandatory.

Many provisions in the 2010 ADA Standard are coordinated with regulations in the International Building Code (IBC) and ICC A117.1-2003 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Sections 207.1 and 207.2 of the 2010 ADA Standard, for example, reference the 2000 and 2003 IBC for accessible means of egress. The IBC and A117 are developed and published by the Code Council.

The ICC website offers a free comparison matrix (www.iccsafe.org/ADAAG-Matrix) of the 1994 ADAAG, the 2004 ADA/ABA Guidelines (now the 2010 ADA Standard) and the 2006 or 2009 IBC with the ICC A117.1-2003. The publication Significant Changes to the ICC A11.1 Accessibility Standards 2009 Edition is another resource for building officials, plans examiners, inspectors and designers. More information, including free downloadable brochures, is available at www.iccsafe.org/accessibility.


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