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Old 12-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Small Bath In Commercial Building

i have a small bath in a private vfw building 4.5 ft by 6.5 ft. they already have another handicap bathroom on the other side of the bar. this part of the building is 60 yrs old,block construction. do i have to make this handicap acessible . or are they exempt because of other bath or do they make it private? need all the help i can get
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
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you need to look at your code book or talk to an inspector. In Mass, you would need more info to answer that. Occupancy is likely the deciding factor.

If you are compliant already, and that is an extra bathroom, I see no justification provided that the people on the "private" side also have compliant access to the other bathroom.


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Please be aware that the Americans With Disabilities Act is civil rights legislation, much more powerful than mere building code.

In other words, you could hang a sign in your business that said "We don't serve minorities" and your inspector could approve the sign as code compliant. I'm sure the Feds will see it differently than the local.

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