Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for Historic Buildings (UFAS Section 4.1.7)

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Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) 4.1.7
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Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for Historic Buildings (UFAS Section 4.1.7)

This reference outlines the minimum UFAS Section 4.1.7 ONLY.

For guidance on developing an accessibility plan, see 01060-05-S.

Accessibility standards for Historic Buildings shall conform with the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), 4.1.7 "Accessible Buildings: Historic Preservation".

1. As a general rule, the accessibility provisions of UFAS Part 4 shall be applied to "qualified" historic buildings and facilities. "Qualified" buildings or facilities are those buildings and facilities that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or such properties designated as historic under a statute of the appropriate state or local government body. Comments of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation shall be obtained when required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 470 and 36 CFR Part 800, before any alteration to a qualified historic building.

2. The Advisory Council shall determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether provisions required by Part 4 for accessible routes (exterior and interior), ramps, entrances, toilets, parking, and displays and signage, would threaten or destroy the historic significance of the building or facility.

3. If the Advisory Council determines that any of the accessibility requirements for features listed in 4.1.7(1) ("Applicability") would threaten or destroy the historic significance of a building or facility, then the special application provisions of 4.1.7(2) ("Historic Preservation: Minimum Requirements") for that feature may be utilized. The special application provisions listed under 4.1.7(2) may only be utilized following a written determination by the Advisory Council that application of a requirement contained in Part 4 would threaten or destroy the historic integrity of a qualified building or facility.

4. At least one accessible route complying with 4.3 ("Accessible Routes") from a site access point to an accessible entrance shall be provided. EXCEPTION: A ramp with a slope no greater than 1:6 for a run not to exceed 2 feet (610 mm) may be used as part of an accessible route at an entrance.

5. At least one accessible entrance which is used by the public complying with 4.14 ("Entrances") shall be provided. EXCEPTION: If it is determined that no entrance used by the public can comply with 4.14 ("Entrances"), then access at any entrance not used by the general public but open (unlocked) with directional signs at the primary entrance may be used.

6. If toilets are provided, then at least one toilet facility complying with 4.22 ("Toilet Rooms") and 4.1.6 shall be provided along an accessible route that complies with 4.3 ("Accessible Route"). Such toilet facility may be "unisex" in design.

7. Accessible routes from an accessible entrance to all publicly used spaces on at least the level of the accessible entrance shall be provided. Access should be provided to all levels of a building or facility in compliance with 4.1 ("Minimum Requirements") whenever practical.

8. Displays and written information, documents, etc., should be located where they can be seen by a seated person. Exhibits and signage displayed horizontally, e.g., books, should be no higher than 44 inches (1120 mm) above the floor surface.



Last Reviewed 2016-07-03