The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA Guidelines)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides handicap wheelchair ramp specifications, codes, and handicap access guidelines that most businesses are required to meet when building a ramp. Most residential applications (please see our residential or light duty commercial Pathway ADA wheelchair ramps) do not need to meet ADA code and ADA guidelines, but they are a good reference point for recommended handicap ramp slope and length. Most businesses, churches, schools and other organizations must be in compliance with ADA ramp specifications and ADA requirements for handicapped wheelchair ramp access. Contact your local building inspector for additional ADA compliant ramp information and handicap ramp specs. This guideline is our interpretation. All our ramps are proudly made in the USA.
- ADA Ramp Specifications Require a 1:12 ramp slope ratio which equals 4.8 degrees slope or one foot of wheelchair ramp for each inch of rise. For instance, a 30 inch rise requires a 30 foot handicap wheelchair ramp to be compliant with handicap accessibility laws.
- ADA Guidelines Require a Minimum 5' x 5' Flat, unobstructed area at the top and bottom of the ramp for wheelchairs.
- ADA Standards Require wheelchair ramps to have a Minimum width of 36 inches of clear space across the wheelchair ramp. Massachusetts and California ADA code now require 48 inches ramp width to be an ADA compliant ramp.
- ADA Code Compliance Require a Minimum Turn Platform size of 5' x 5'. California ADA ramp code now requires a minimum 6 foot (in the direction of travel) platform size.
- ADA Guidelines for Wheelchair Ramps allow a Maximum run of 30 feet of wheelchair ramp before a rest or turn platform.
- ADA Ramp Guidelines Require ADA Ramp handrails that are between 34" and 38" in height on both sides of the wheelchair ramps.