ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Removing barriers by ramping a curb, widening an entrance door, installing visual alarms, or designating an accessible parking space is often essential to ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

New constructions or renovations are required to meet the standards and guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Below is a PDF version of the ADA Standards containing the full formatted text and graphics, as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, complete with links to figures, graphics and cross-referenced sections, making it easier for users to quickly read and understand related requirements.


ADA Standards for Accessible Design
(4.5 MB file)

Obtaining additional ADA information may be as easy as a trip to your local library. The Department of Justice has sent an ADA Information File containing 70 technical assistance documents to 15,000 libraries across the country. Most libraries maintain this file at the reference desk. The Department’s ADA publications are also available electronically, including ADA regulations and technical assistance materials, through the Internet or by calling the Department’s electronic bulletin board (BBS). Materials can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ada.gov.