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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Federal Accessibility Guidelines

Americans with Disability Act

BOMA International strongly supports the “next generation” of accessibility requirements in new buildings and alterations while “grandfathering” conditions that meet current Department of Justice standards (2010 ADA Standards).

BOMA continues to work to ensure that new regulations, codes, and standards provide:

  • Increased consistency in accessibility requirements;
  • Offer more reasonable and clearer technical requirements; 
  • And lead to more consistent interpretation, application, and enforcement.​


The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division originally published its ADA title II and title III regulations on July 26, 1991, including the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (1991 Standards).

On September 15, 2010 the Department published final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations, including the adoption of updated ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).  The revised final rules went into effect on March 15, 2011.  Compliance with the 2010 Standards was required on March 15, 2012, except that compliance with the requirements in the 2010 Standards with respect to existing swimming pools was subsequently extended to January 31, 2013. (77 FR 30174 (May 21, 2012)).

On July 15, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule revising the ADA title II and III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2016, and took effect 60 days after publication, on October 11, 2016.  Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act to clarify the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of “disability” to ensure that the definition of disability would be broadly construed and applied without extensive analysis.

The title III regulation was again revised on November 21, 2016, when Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule that further clarified a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.  The final rule provides that public accommodations that own, operate, or lease movie theaters are required to provide closed movie captioning and audio description whenever showing a digital movie that is produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with these features.  The final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2016, and took effect 45 days after publication, on January 17, 2017.

Revised Regulations

​Marking the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the United States Access Board has released the next installments of online guides to assist building owners understand both the ADA guidelines and the requirements need to comply with the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).  

  • Title III  (Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities) - HTML | PDF

  • The Guide to the ADA Standards explains the regulations that apply to Title II (state and federal buildings) and Title III (places of public accommodation, businesses and commercial facilities).

  • The Guide to the ABA Standards describes the standards that apply under the ABA to all facilities receiving federal funding for any construction, alterations, or leased space. 

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ICC A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Useable Buildings updated in 2017


The International Code Council has approved the update to the A117.1 Standard for Accessibility and Useable Buildings for 2017.  Below are resources to the standard, update presentation, and IBC Chapter 11 Accessibility which serves as the scoping provisions for use of the A117.1 standard.