Making your business accessible for all customers is more than a compliance issue; it is simply good business. From 1990 on, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been in place to ensure that people have equal access. However, here in northern California, there are also stringent guidelines that businesses must follow to ensure that all customers have access without discrimination. Your business must also be ADA-compliant. If you are a business owner or property manager, start with the parking lot first by using professional and ADA knowledgeable striping services from DRYCO.
In California, business owners and property managers must maintain ADA compliance or be fined. Multiple fines can result in the suspension of business operations and even closure. No business owner wants to shutter their hard work because of a calculation error. Maintaining your lot for both safety and curb appeal is an essential order of business. Calling professionals to help you plan and upkeep your parking lot for ADA compliance is a smart business move. All ADA requirements for parking lots in California must be met whenever new construction, resurfacing, alterations, or restriping of a lot is present.
The number of total handicapped spaces required depends on the total number of parking spaces in the whole lot. The general rule is that for every 25 spaces, you must have at least one labeled and reserved handicapped spot. Many small businesses offer more than one space, even with less than 25 spaces due to the diverse nature of their customers but remember that t least one per 25 is required for compliance. For example, for 100 spaces, your business would be required to have at least four reserved handicapped spots. However, for much larger commercial businesses with 301 or more spaces, the requirement is one handicapped spot per every eight spaces.
A professional striping company like Dryco will measure and stripe the appropriate parking space dimensions to be ADA compliant. They are trained to identify and map each space correctly. Each space should be eight feet wide. The accessible cross-striped pathway near the parking spot for wheelchairs or assistive technology must be at least 5 feet wide for cars. The accessible cross-striped track for vans must be at least eight feet wide.
Compliant locations for parking spots must be within the most direct route to the building entrance. The spots should also be the shortest distance away from the entrance. Any curbs or unnecessary blockages or stairs should not be in the path of the entryway. The crosswalk from the parking spaces to the entry should also be striped if traffic is present.
Dryco offers comprehensive striping services with state-of-the-art striping machines. Scheduling is flexible, with weekend or nighttime striping to keep your business open during operating hours while maintaining compliance. DRYCO also keeps up with changing state and federal compliance codes, so we know when it’s time for a restripe to keep you in compliance. In the meantime, our thermoplastic striping is an economical, quick-drying material with high visibility and durability.
Contact DRYCO for an estimate today to keep your northern California parking lot well-maintained and ADA compliant.