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Opinion: Dispersion of accessible parking spaces

Inquiry: 

97-24A

Subject: 

Dispersion of accessible parking spaces

Code:

1994 UBC Appendix Section 1107.1

Submitted By:

Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc.

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date: 

February 24, 1997 

Question:  

How are accessible and van accessible parking spaces to be dispersed when there are multiple parking areas and/or unique parking areas provided such as surface and covered parking areas? 

Answer:

UBC Appendix Section 1107.1 requires accessible parking spaces to be dispersed among the various accessible building entrances. Accessible parking spaces shall also be dispersed among the various types of unique or specialized parking facilities such as reserved, restricted, covered or employee areas so long as those areas are convenient to an accessible building entrance. Remote parking facilities not serving a particular building or without an accessible route may have the accessible spaces located in another more convenient lot or location.

If there is an accessible route from a covered parking area as well as a surface parking area and, based on the total number of accessible spaces, more than one van accessible parking space is required, a van accessible space shall be provided at both types of parking facilities. When only one van accessible space is required, it may be provided at any convenient location that is adjacent to an accessible route.

Approved by Building Codes and Standards Access Committee January 9, 1997.

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