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Technical Illustrations (applicable to the new 2012 Standards)

The following are technical issues that we believe are important enough to demonstrate through the use of graphical illustrations. These graphical illustrations are not sanctioned or approved by the TDLR, may not represent an entirely accurate interpretation of the code, and are not intended to be a substitute for the Texas Accessibility Standards. Please read the Disclaimer at this website for additional exclusions.

IMPORTANT: THESE ILLUSTRATIONS MAY RELFECT COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEW 2012 TEXAS ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS AND ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO PROJECTS THAT WERE PERMITTED BY THE LOCAL BUILDING AUTHORITY ON OR AFTER THE MANDATORY COMPLIANCE DATE OF MARCH 15TH, 2012. SEE THE TDLR'S COMPLIANCE CRITERIA TO DETERMINE THE COMPLIANCE TRIGGER DATE.

Alterations to an Area Containing a Primary Function
Wheelchair Dimensions for Adults Seated in Wheelchairs

 

202.4 Alterations Affecting Primary Function Areas

This flowchart provides a general overview of the requirements found in Section 202.4 of the 2012 TAS. Where a tenant build-out is funded entirely by the tenant, and no owner or landlord dollars are involved (either in whole or in part), then the project will be eligible for Exception 2, which will limit the plan review and inspection functions to only the tenant project and not any path of travel elements that are under the control or authority of the landlord (parking, core toilet rooms, etc.). This is a huge change from the 1994 TAS, which required that the path of travel elements be reviewed and inspected where they were triggered under Section 4.1.6(2). Also new is the provision for Safe Harbor. This essentially means that even if landlord funds are being used to fund the tenant project, and therefore Exception 2 would not apply (thus triggering the requirement for review and inspection of those other areas), the path of travel elements would not have to be upgraded to comply with the new 2012 TAS.

Path of travel elements eligible for Safe Harbor are only those that were constructed, renovated, or modified, at a point in time established in the Compliance Criteria (prior to the date of mandatory compliance with the 2012 TAS).

Exception 1: Alterations to primary function areas in social service establishments, grad and student housing, and other buildings and facilities subject to the residential requirements of 233 and 809 do not trigger compliance with Section 202.4.
Exception 2 / Private Funds: Alterations to primary function areas funded by the tenant in public accommodations and commercial buildings and facilities triggers compliance with Section 202.4; however, compliance is limited to the path of travel elements under the tenant's authority or if altered by the tenant.
*Safe Harbor: To determine if the project is eligible for Safe Harbor, see the Compliance Criteria published at the TDLR's website.
Note: This flowchart is provided courtesy of the TDLR.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wheelchair Dimensions for Adults Seated in Wheelchairs