Any building over three stories tall or having more than 3,000 sq. ft. per floor must have elevators compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

It’s important to note that the ADA isn’t a building code but a civil rights act designed to protect and empower disabled Americans. Full ADA elevator regulations are long, complicated, and best discussed with an elevator professional, but this quick checklist is intended to help you notice glaring ADA violations before they become a liability.

Call Buttons. Hall and car call buttons must be mounted at 42 inches and be a minimum of .75 inches in diameter. Buttons must be brightly illuminated with adjacent braille plates.

Entrance jambs. Must be marked by braille plates.

Chimes or verbal announcements. Must indicate passing and arrival floors.

Two-way communication. Must be accessible to blind or deaf users.

Cabs. Must be large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and a 360-degree turn.

Handrails. Must be mounted at 30 inches.

Door protective devices. Must reopen the door without contact.

Hall lantern fixtures. Must be mounted with centerlines at least 72 in. from the floor.

Emergency controls. Should be grouped below the control panel and have centerlines at least 35 inches from the floor.

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