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Follow ADA Guidelines for Striping and Marking Parking Lots

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Following ADA guidelines for striping and marking parking lots is the law. Commercial and public properties as well as HOAs and other types of residential complexes must abide by the prescribed standards for accessible parking spaces to avoid severe penalties. Read the guidelines provided below to avoid unnecessary fines and possible rework.


Key Information on ADA Guidelines for Striping and Marking Parking Lots

  • Accessible spaces are a must: Businesses as well as private facilities must provide accessible parking spaces for individuals with disabilities.
  • Location: These special parking spaces must be located in the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible facility entrance.
  • Guidelines for cars: Accessible parking spaces for cars are required to have a 60-inch-wide access aisle (at least) located adjacent to the designated space. These dimensions are just enough to allow an individual in a wheelchair to enter or exit the car. Also, these parking spaces must be located on the ground level and identified with proper signage.
  • Additional requirements for van-accessible parking spaces: Van accessible parking differs from that of cars in the following ways.
    • A wider access aisle, 96-inches-wide, to accommodate a wheelchair lift
    • A minimum 98-inches-high vertical clearance to accommodate van height at the parking space and adjacent access aisle, as well as on the accessible driving route to and from the space
    • A sign that indicates the parking space is “van accessible”
    • Also note that one of eight accessible parking spaces, must be van-accessible


  • Signage guidelines: Here are 2 important points to keep in mind while installing accessible signs in your parking lot.
    • Sign must have the international symbol of accessibility
    • It must be mounted high enough so it can be seen even when a vehicle is parked in the space
  • Rules for striping or marking accessible aisles: Two parking spaces may share an access aisle. The boundary of the access aisle must be marked by a square or curve-shaped end.

Hiring a paving contractor with knowledge and experience in ADA striping guidelines will save you time, stress and the penalties associated with non-compliance.
It’s important to note that these ADA guidelines for striping and marking parking lots are not just for new constructions. Care must be taken to maintain these well-demarcated accessible parking spaces when repairing, repaving or resealing existing lots as well. The best way to ensure you comply with ADA regulations is to make parking lot restriping part of your annual asphalt maintenance plan.

At American Asphalt, ADA-compliant striping is integral to our regular parking lot marking services. We also install signage as needed on poles drilled into concrete. For added safety at night, we can add glass beads that will offer better visibility. Our goal is to help you install and maintain parking lots that are aesthetically pleasing, safe to use and will last for years.

Need parking lot paving and striping services? We offer an extended 3-year warranty on all new installations. Customers across California, including those in Hayward, San Jose, Fremont, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Leandro, Newark, Union City, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Marin County, San Mateo, Burlingame, and Walnut Creek areas rely on our paving expertise for high quality surfaces and to stay compliant with ADA guidelines for striping and marking a parking lot.

Contact us online for ADA compliant parking lot striping and marking services or call us at 800-541-5559.

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