Elimination of Architectural Barriers

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Opportunities for Education
TDLR will be presenting a 4-hour course entitled “Understanding the Texas Accessibility Standards “ at the upcoming Central Texas Building Professional Institute on October 17-19, 2016 to be held at the Norris Conference Center located at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365 in Austin Texas. For more information and if interested in attending, please contact the Building Professional Institute at www.BPI-TX.com or call (817) 272-3701.

Your Voice Matters:  TDLR Wants Your Input on Proposed Elimination of Architectural Barrier Rule Amendments and RAS Procedures - As part of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Core Value of open and free communication, we would like your comments and suggestions regarding amendments to the Elimination of Architectural Barrier (EAB) program rules and the Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) procedures before we file them with the Texas Register as required by the Administrative Procedures Act.

The amendments to EAB program rules clarify inconsistencies; align the rules with state and federal accessibility standards; removes redundant and outdated provisions; provides registered accessibility specialist with the flexibility to submit variance applications; and removes state government from private business decisions. 

The RAS procedures have been completely updated to be more user friendly and better reflect current practice.

Comments may be submitted via email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov, via facsimile to (512) 475-3032, or by mail to Pauline Easley, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P. O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711.  Deadline for receipt of comments is 5:00 pm, September 30, 2016.

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. When the agenda is available, it will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Vacancies on Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee - TDLR announces five vacancies on the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (Committee) established by Texas Government Code, Chapter 469. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §68.65. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules relating to the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program.

The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Committee consists of building professionals and persons with disabilities who are familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions. Members serve at the will of the Commission. Persons with disabilities must make up the majority of the committee.

This announcement is to fill the five Committee vacancies with two persons with a disability and three building professionals who are familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions.

Interested persons should complete an application on the TDLR website. Applicants can also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), fax (512-475-2874) or e-mail (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov).

TDLR’s Architectural Barriers (AB) program is issuing three new Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) Bulletins as reminders to follow the currently published RAS Procedures effective April 1, 2007. As the AB program continues with audits, it is apparent not all RASs are following the RAS Procedures. Please review these new RAS Bulletins and make adjustments to your practice as necessary.

The Texas Accessibility Academy will be presented on four dates in Austin during the next year. The Austin dates are:

  • October 11-12, 2016
  • April 18-19, 2017
  • July 18-19, 2017
  • August 15-16, 2017

The Academy will also be presented at two BPI conferences in 2017. For information about the BPI conferences (February in Houston, May in Arlington), please visit the Building Professional Institute Registration Site.

TDLR has issued Technical Memorandum (TM) 2014-24 (67kb PDF) to address 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards 206.3 (Location) and requirements for accessible routes to coincide with or be located in the same area as general circulation paths. Read Technical Memorandum 2014-24

Online AB Project Registration and Payment Available - TDLR accepts AB project registration payment online, using a credit or debit card.The online payment option allows a TDLR project number to be assigned immediately and ensures the property/facility owner can conveniently register their project in accordance with Texas AB law and AB administrative rules. AB projects may still be registered by downloading, completing and submitting by mail a Project Registration Form with the applicable fees to TDLR. For more information please email techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov or call (512) 463-6599 or (877) 278-0999.