Parking Lot ADA Compliance

As a property manager, it is important to take particular note of the ADA Compliance laws. These laws apply irrespective of property size and in the case of property managers, the correct number of adequately signed and handicapped-accessible parking stalls must be available with the required number of van parking spaces.

Failure to be ADA compliant with pavement markings, signage, ramp requirements and the like can leave you liable for fines and penalties  and possibly lawsuits.

Why ADA Compliance Is Important

As a responsible Property Manager, you will obviously want to comply not just because of regulation, but because it shows the tenants you manage and their guests, particularly those with disabilities, that you care about them. Pursuing ADA compliance demonstrates that every visitor is valued while they are on the property. 

ADA compliance is crucial to ensuring that all visitors have enough parking space and can safely exit their vehicles without being too close to dangerous traffic. Without ADA-compliant design, your facility risks creating a confusing and dangerous navigation experience, increasing the potential for traffic accidents. 

On the legal side, failure to comply with ADA guidelines invites the risk of having pedestrians file complaints, and businesses that fail to meet ADA standards are subject to fines of up to $150,000. 

When you take time to implement ADA compliance strategies and prioritize visitors, you can boost your commercial property’s reputation and reduce liability. As a property manager or commercial tenant, you stand to gain a great deal by focusing on compliance to keep others safe and improve your commercial lot’s functionality.

Maintaining ADA-Compliant Parking Lots

To keep a commercial parking lot easily navigable and compliant with ADA laws, you should regularly repaint your parking lot lines so that they’re clear and bright. 

There are several components to ADA-compliant parking spaces — accessible car parking, accessible van parking, location and free assistance. Every car space must have a 60-inch access aisle next to it, while vans must have a 96-inch aisle to accommodate chair lifts. ADA-compliant parking spaces must be placed at the shortest distance to the business’s doors and provide free assistance. 

In addition to these ADA compliance rules, car and van spaces must have a sign that displays the international symbol of accessibility located in front of the parking space. The adjacent access aisle must also be clearly designated with stripes to show that it’s an accessway. Van spaces must have additional van-accessible signage. Without these clearly designated spaces, commercial lots will be considered outside of compliance. 

We have reproduced the basic ADA Compliance Regulations, which can be downloaded from our site by clicking on the leaflet icon on the right (You can also visit for more information.).

The ADA also requires that locations must have enough accessible parking spots. This table shows how many accessible spaces are needed.

Total Parking Spaces Provided

Required Number of Accessible Spaces

1-25 1
26-50 2
51-75 3
76-100 4
101-150 5
151-200 6
201-300 7
301-400 8
401-500 9
501-1,000 2% of total
1001+ 20 plus 1 for every 100 spaces

Ensure Your Parking Lot Is ADA Compliant With Toritom Services

At Toritom Services, we have a comprehensive understanding of ADA compliance laws and can ensure that every commercial parking lot is up to date with current regulations. We will ensure that all ADA markings are easily visible on your commercial parking lot.

If you have any questions, please complete our inquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.