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BOMA International Supports Revisions of ADA Regulations

August 4, 2010


BOMA Instrumental in Securing Cost Effective Transition to new DOJ Rule

(WASHINGTON—August 4, 2010) The Department of Justice (DOJ) has amended its regulations implementing Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act applying to commercial buildings and public accommodations. This is the first comprehensive revision since the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) went into effect. In making this long-anticipated change to the ADA regulations, DOJ adopted standards contained in the U.S. Access Board´s 2004 ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines impacting a broad array of office, retail, hospitality, restaurant, education, lodging, service, entertainment, sports, recreation, medical and transportation facilities.

BOMA has aggressively and effectively represented the interests of BOMA members throughout the development of the Access Board revisions, as well as the process for developing and revising the model accessibility standard (ICC/ANSI Standard A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities), which is the basis for the provisions in the International Code Council’s model codes covering accessibility for persons with disabilities.

BOMA and its industry coalition partners led an effort to secure two critical elements in the DOJ rulemaking to help facilitate a less complicated and more cost-effective transition to the new rules. The first is a broad "grandfather" clause that exempts all building elements that were constructed or altered in compliance with the 1991 rules. This grandfather exemption is in effect until those elements are subject to a planned alteration and also applies to the “path of travel” to an altered area. The second is the inclusion of a reasonable time within which to comply with the new rules. The revised regulations do not become effective for six months, but are not mandatory for new construction and alterations and barrier removal until 18 months after publication. During the period from late January, 2011 and January 2012, projects may be designed and constructed in compliance with the current ADAAG (1991 regulations) or the revised 2010 regulations.

"BOMA is fully committed to assist our members to understand and comply with the revised regulations, which will further enhance commercial building accessibility for persons with disabilities" said BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. "BOMA has worked closely with the Department of Justice and the Access Board since the ADA Accessibility Guidelines went into effect in 1991, and we will continue to participate in the ongoing development of accessibility standards, codes and regulations.

The new regulations also address a variety of building elements, including new requirements for restrooms, reach ranges, sales and service counters, employee work spaces, telephones and stairways. The revised rules also impact power–driven mobility devices such as Segways, communication services such as video conferencing remote interpreting, and lodging reservation systems.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000–plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International´s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at

Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
BOMA International
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