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Are the Signs for Your Business ADA Compliant? | Sign Studio LA

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 06:11 AM

Are the Signs for Your Business ADA Compliant? | Sign Studio LA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was put into place to ensure that persons of varying abilities have equal opportunities. In 1990, the ADA required business owners to place both indoor and outdoor ADA approved signs at their establishments. The act helps people with a disability be able to enjoy your business. Having ADA signs not only helps your business to stay in compliance, but it also ensures the safety of your patrons.

As a business owner, I am sure you are busy with the day-to-day operation of your company. Let us help you take one thing off your plate by providing a brief overview of ADA sign requirements.

Restroom Handicap Signs 

All business establishments must have tactile braille signs displayed at the entrance of their bathrooms. The ADA has established very specific guidelines that must be followed when making a restroom handicap sign. The types of signs available include male, female or family bathroom signs. The dimensions that need to be used are dependent on the type of sign that you choose to use. The signs are made of acrylic with a tactile braille top layer. The signs must include a picture, written words and the words in braille. The braille must be a specific height.  

Reflective Handicap Parking Signs

In addition to having ADA approved signs for your patrons indoors, you must also have handicap parking spaces available. The Americans with Disabilities Act has strict guidelines as to where handicap parking spots can be located. Below are the requirements for outdoor parking ADA signs.

  • The sign color must be blue and reflective.
  • The International sign of Accessibility must be white. 
  • The sign should be no smaller than 70 square inches.
  • The bottom of the sign should be exactly 80 inches from the ground.
  • The sign should display the fine for parking in the spot illegally.
  •  Spots that are approved for vans should have the words “van accessible.”
  • Parking lot should have another sign stating that unauthorized vehicles will be towed.

It is imperative that you also look up the requirements on how and where to place the signs after you purchase them. Different types of parking spaces require a different placement of the ADA sign.

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Where to Get ADA Signs

As you can see, there are many requirements you must take into consideration when placing ADA signs in your business. 

When looking for ADA signs, it is best to ensure that you are getting signs that are high in quality. Many businesses that design signs are very well versed in the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Don’t risk being non-compliant. Be sure to choose a reputable sign business for your ADA signs.

If you need further information or have any questions, please e-mail us at or give us a call at (818) 843-9200. 

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Topics: ADA Signs, Tactile Braille Signs, restroom handicap signs, Title 24 Signs