ADA Compliance – Requirements

January 14, 2021


What’s the difference between compliance and requirements? Compliance is how you are able to make sure your ADA ramps are meeting the specifications outlined. Requirements are what you need to follow, specific math and ratios to keep in mind to meet the specifications.

US Access Board has great pictures that explain compliance at every step – the how and the why. Understanding why it’s important and why each requirement is needed we’ve found is helpful. The pictures on the access board website also provides visuals on what the ADA Ramp should look like when the numbers and math gets overwhelming.

Require a 1:12 ramp slope ratio
Equals 4.8 degrees slope
Equals one foot of wheelchair ramp for each inch of rise
Example: A 30 inch rise requires a 30 foot handicap wheelchair ramp.
Require a minimum 5′ x 5′ Flat, unobstructed area at the top and bottom of the ramp
Require wheelchair ramps to have a minimum width of 36 inches of clear space across the wheelchair ramp.
Massachusetts and California ADA code now require 48 inches ramp width to be an ADA compliant ramp.
Require a minimum turn platform size of 5′ x 5′ and allow a maximum run of 30 feet of wheelchair ramp before a rest or turn platform.
California ADA ramp code now requires a minimum 6 foot (in the direction of travel) platform size.
Require ADA Ramp handrails that are between 34″ and 38″ in height on both sides of the wheelchair ramps.
Stage Access Ramp ADA Compliant

Our ADA Ramps
Our ADA ramps do fit the compliance and requirements outlined above. The above photo is a straight ADA ramp design. We can provide a quote for either a straight or switchback ADA ramp design that will fit your needs.

The ramps can be between 0-40” in height.


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