ADA REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF-STORAGE
As of March 15, 2012, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits private entities from discriminating against individuals with disabilities by maintaining places of business that are not physically accessible.
The Act requires that places of public accommodation remove architectural barriers that limit access to or use of the public place. The term “public accommodation” in the ADA generally encompasses all private businesses that offer goods and services to the public, including self storage facilities.
Although self storage operators are currently subject to all the ADA building access regulations applicable to structures generally, the 2010 Standards (ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)) included space accessibility “scoping requirements” that provide that facilities must identify a specific number of units as accessible to be compliant. Based on these Standards, storage operators need to consider if they have thoroughly inspected their property for ADA compliance and whether a property audit is required.
- 5% if less than 200 units
- 10 units plus 2% if more than 200 units
- Dispersed among classes of spaces
- Example: a 180 unit facility must maintain 9 accessible units. A 320 unit facility must maintain 13 accessible units. These must be a mixture of sizes (5x10, 10x10, 10x15, etc.)
- A pull must be installed on the door exterior no lower than 15″ and no higher than 48″
- Pull must have a loop large enough for a fist to fit into
- A nylon rope must be installed on the bottom bar which hangs 15″ – 48″ inches when door is open
- Rope must also contain a loop large enough to fit a fist and replaces the traditional rope
- An Accessibility plaque with Braille must be clearly displayed outside of unit
- Door must be tensioned at 5lbs. maximum force as it pertains to the continuous application of force necessary to fully open a door, not the initial force needed to overcome the inertia of the door. Note: Janus doors meet this requirement.
- For exterior units, ramping is required which covers the entire width of the unit.
Watch this video to hear industry experts discuss ADA requirements for self storage.