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ADA Requirements for Historic Properties

Under Title III of the ADA for buildings defined as public accommodations. There is no grandfather clause, Properties that were built before ADA enactment in 1990 are not exempt from its requirements. When it comes to ADA exceptions, properties qualify as historic only if 1.They are listed on the National Register of historic places; 2. They are eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places; 3. They are designated as historic properties under state or local law. Accessible Routes Exception: Generally, the ADA requires that accessible routes are available from all accessible parking spaces, public streets and sidewalks, and public transportation stops. The Accessible Routes Exception requires only one accessible route from a site arrival point to an accessible entrance. Entrances Exception: On a designated historic property, the accessible entrance may be an unlocked entrance that is not used by the general public, or a locked entrance with some kind of notification system. Toilet Facilities Exception: At designated historic properties, only one accessible restroom is required, and it may be a uni- gender facility.

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