• If there are stairs at the main entrance, is there also a ramp, lift, or other alternative accessible entrance? (Note: Do not use a service entrance as the accessible entrance unless there is no other option.)
  • Do all inaccessible entrances have signs indicating the location of the nearest accessible entrance?
  • Can the alternate accessible entrance be used independently?
  • Does the entrance door have at least 32 inches clear opening (measured doorframe to door)?
  • For a double door, does it have at least one 32 inches leaf?
  • Is there at least 18 inches of clear wall space on the pull side of the door, next to the handle?
  • Is the threshold edge less than 0.25 inches high or, if a beveled edge, less than 0.75 inches high?
  • If provided, are carpeting or mats a maximum of 0.5 inches high?
  • Are edges securely installed to minimize tripping hazards?
  • Is the door handle no higher than 48 inches and operable with a closed fist? (Note: For the closed fist test for handles and controls, try opening the door or operating the control using only one hand, held in a fist. If you can do it, so can a person who has limited use of their hands.)
  • Can doors be opened without too much force? The maximum is five pounds for interior doors.
  • If the door has a closer, does it take at least three seconds to close?
  • Does the accessible entrance provide direct access to the main floor, lobby, or elevator?

More Information

For additional information regarding these guidelines, please contact the Building Inspections Department at (918) 358-3506.