Designer Guide to ADA Signs, Regulatory compliance

It is important for all businesses to meet California ADA guidelines. If a business is open to the public, then the business must mount certain types of signs. While having to mount signs can be a hassle, there are serious legal repercussions for businesses that do not display the right type of signage. If designers keep these tips in mind, they’ll be able to comply with regulations and display all necessary signage.

Determine Which Signs Are Required

While the ADA Standards for Accessible Design have a lot of information about signage requirements, these requirements aren’t always clear to designers. For example, many types of signage, such as signs that contain braille, only need to be hung in permanent rooms. How can designers determine whether or not a room is temporary? As a rule of thumb, signs need to be hung in any room that will have the same function for more than seven days.

Beyond that, signs need to be hung in or around any space that is related to safety, such as elevators or fire exits. Signs do not need to be hung in areas that are not designed for public use or outside of the building. However, signage does need to be displayed in accessible parking spaces.

Find Out Where Signs Need To Be Hung

Any permanent space that is open to the public needs to display the appropriate ADA signs. In addition, these signs must be hung in the right location. Signs should be hung in the interior of any public room that will serve the same function for 7 days or more.

Types of rooms that require signs include restrooms, breakrooms, and kitchens. Designers should look closely at buildings and determine where signage is needed and what kind of signage is necessary. For example, if a pictogram sign is displayed, a text description may also be necessary.

Make Sure Signs Are Displayed At The Right Height

When signage is hung, it must be displayed at a height that will allow people to see and read the sign easily. The lowest that an ADA sign can be displayed at is 48 inches from the floor. A sign cannot be hung higher than 60 inches from the floor.

If a sign is hung at the wrong height, you could face penalties, even if the sign meets all other guidelines for ADA compliance. Because of this, it’s important to clearly define the location where signs should be hung. Make sure that any signage that is in use can easily be seen.

What To Do If You Can’t Mount A Sign In A Specified Location

In some cases, it may not be possible to hang a sign in a specific location. As an example, there may not be enough space to hang a sign in the area that is specified. In these scenarios, the ADA allows the sign to be mounted on the nearest adjacent wall, providing that the sign is still clearly visible.

With that said, there are areas in which signs cannot be hung. As an example, a sign should not be mounted on a door. Designers need to work to find the best location for any signs that need to be hung. When in doubt, it is always best to consult ADA regulations before proceeding.

Regulatory compliance is crucial for all businesses. Any business that is open to the public needs to display the appropriate signage in permanent spaces. Designers should work to determine the type of signage that is needed and find the right locations for signs to be hung. Signage can promote safety and keep a business safe.