Most of the cities in the State of California are concentrating on Title 24 Accessibility for commercial buildings. This includes buildings that are mixed use with apartments and retail stores on first level.
Any kind of permitting such as tenant improvement, structural works including seismic retrofitting, change of use, additions or alterations, sidewalk work and sub-sidewalk reinforcement, in most cases, they are requesting full Title 24 Accessibility (not ADA-Federal Law) compliance.
The building owners can file for a hardship request to comply with accessibility if the cost of construction is less than $132,536.28.
The hardship can be based on various elements such as cost and constraints: physical constraints, legal constraints, etc. (Hardship is not acceptable for structural work, including seismic work). The owners will file the hardship for not less than 20% of the cost of construction excluding the cost for accessibility. The hardship should be accepted and approved by Building Officials. They may approve not to provide the particular accessibility item or ask for equivalent facilitation in lieu of that accessible item.
The 20% cost of construction should be spent in order of the following priority unless the hardship for that item is granted. These priorities are as follows:
- Primary Accessible Entrance.
- Path of Travel (Ramps, Elevator, Stair, Lift, etc.).
- Sanitary facilities (one accessible restroom for each gender).
- Accessible public pay phone.
- Accessible drinking fountains (hi-low)
- Visual alarm.
- Parking (including path from parking).
In the City and County of San Francisco, CA:
To get a copy of Un-reasonable Hardship Request click:
To get a copy of Disabled Access Compliance Checklist for Existing Buildings click: