ADA Parking Signage Requirements

  • 16.04.2020

Signage is designed to be eye-catching, but when you are dealing with ADA Parking Signage, property owners and property managers must be very careful on not only having the correct signage, but making sure it is ADA compliant. There are hundreds of details that must be taken into consideration with ADA parking signage. Everything from the height that a sign is installed on a post, to the size of the font used to fill in the specific contact details on a tow sign, everything must be precisely implemented to code… and if details are missed, an ADA lawsuit could be just around the corner.

With 95% of all ADA lawsuits originating in parking lots, there is plenty of reason for property owners and property managers to be vigilant in ensuring their exteriors are ADA compliant, and signage plays a huge role. ADA Compliance Professionals has seen a 20% increase in ADA lawsuit volume over the course of the last year, making the exposure for a lawsuit even more treacherous. Navigating just what exactly makes a parking lot compliant and the ADA rules that must be followed is tricky.

Serial litigants are always seeking easy-to-spot infractions – they don’t need more than a few issues to justify a lawsuit that will cost the business and/or property owner thousands of dollars. Many times they aren’t even going to the property in person, but scoping it out on Google Earth. And one of the most regularly cited issues in ADA lawsuit complaints is signage. It is just so easy to spot mistakes.

From the tow sign, which must be properly positioned, to the accessible parking signage, which has a multiple of requirements to ensure it is compliant, there is a lot of issues that must be properly addressed in a parking lot. Even regular maintenance plays a role, because if an ADA parking sign is vandalized, that can also be justification for a lawsuit.

The best thing to ensure compliance is to know what must be done. There are a few ways of going about that. You can study the laws and cross-check them with your own parking signage, or you can hire an Access Specialist, also known as a CASp, to conduct an inspection to verify all of your conditions. A detailed Access Report should give a blueprint to what you must do to fix any problems. But whichever route you choose, leaving things unchecked could lead to a costly lawsuit.