Multi-Level Buildings

General Guidelines

  • Are there ramps, lifts, or elevators to all levels?
  • On each level, if there are are stairs between the entrance and/or elevator and essential public areas, is there an accessible alternate route?
  • For levels not serviced by an elevator, ramp, or lift:
    • Do trends have a non-slip surface?
    • Do stairs have continuous rails on both sides, with extensions beyond the top and bottom stairs?

Elevator Guidelines

  • Are there both visible and audible door opening / closing and floor indicators (one tone means up, two tones means down)?
  • Are the call buttons in the hallway no higher than 42 inches?
  • Do the controls inside the cab have raised and Braille lettering?
  • Is there a sign on both doorjambs at each floor identifying the floor in raised and Braille letters?
  • If an emergency intercom is provided, is it usable without voice communication?
  • Is the emergency intercom identified by Braille and raised letters?

Lifts / Elevator Alternative Guidelines

  • Can the lift be used without assistance? If not, is a call button provided?
  • Is there at least 30 inches by 48 inches of clear space for a person in a wheelchair to approach to reach the controls and use the lift?
  • Are controls between 15 inches and 48 inches high (up to 54 inches if a side approach is possible)?

More Information

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