Elimination of Architectural Barriers

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TDLR issued Technical Memorandum (TM) 2017-25 (28kb PDF) to address 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards 404.2.10 (Door and Gate Surfaces) and guidelines relevant to door and gate surfaces within ten inches of the finish floor. Read Technical Memorandum 2017-25

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 2, 2017 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.

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee met March 7 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

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to clarify inconsistencies; align the rules with state and federal accessibility standards; remove redundant and outdated provisions; provide registered accessibility specialists with the flexibility to submit variance applications; and remove state government from private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.

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 2017. The Austin dates are:

  • April 18-19, 2017 (session full)
  • 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.

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.