Elimination of Architectural Barriers

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68 §§68.10, 68.20, 68.30, 68.31, 68.50 - 68.54, 68.60, 68.70, 68.74 - 68.76, 68.90, 68.93 and 68.102; proposes the repeal of current §68.55 and §68.80; and proposes new §68.80 and §68.103). The proposed amendments, new rules and repeal are necessary to clarify inconsistencies; align the rules with state and federal accessibility standards; remove redundant and outdated provisions; provide registered accessibility specialists with the flexibility to submit variance applications; and remove state government from private business decisions.

The proposed rules are published in the December 16, 2016, issue of the Texas Register (41 TexReg 9831). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until January 17, 2017. The Department encourages anyone interested in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee met November 9 in Austin. The agenda is online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Notice of a Vacancy on Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee

TDLR announces a vacancy 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 Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules relating to the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program. This announcement for a person with a disability.

The Committee is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission's approval:

(1) building professionals; and
(2) persons with disabilities;

who are familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions. Persons with disabilities must make up the majority of the committee.

Interested persons should complete an online application. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Issued in Austin, Texas on October 19, 2016.

Brian Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

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 three dates in Austin during the next year. The Austin dates are:

  • 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.