AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
ADA is a Federal Civil Rights issue. City Building Inspectors do not have enforcement authority for ADA regulations. ADA issues on private and public property are handled through legal action in Federal Court. Aggrieved parties should consult with an attorney.
The City of Concord has identified ADA coordinators for both the public right-of-way areas (sidewalks, curbs, streets) and for public properties that are not part of the public right-of-way (e.g., City Hall buildings, Council Chambers). For related complaints contact the Engineering Division.
California building code accessibility
New construction and alterations must meet the accessibility requirements of the California Building Code. Exceptions are allowed by the code that can be filed for using the Unreasonable Hardship Form (PDF).
View this short video to help understand the type of items that may be required for your existing building.
DISABILITY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES
- For help identifying accessibility problems and solutions in your existing building or business in order to meet your obligations under the ADA, see ADA.gov Primer for Small Business https://www.ada.gov/racheck.pdf
- To view a list barriers that shall be removed and other related regulations, see the Code of Federal Regulations Section 36.304
- To find or verify the status of a Certified Access Specialists (CASp), see the State of California List of Certified Access Specialists
- For other questions regarding CASp, see the Division of the State Architect's page for CASp Property Inspections
- For financing tools for small businesses working to become ADA compliant, see the California Capital Access Program Americans with Disabilities Act Financing Program page.