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Ufas 4.1.7 Accessibility Standards For Historic Buildings

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Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (Ufas), Part Ii


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Ufas 4.1.7 Accessibility Standards For Historic Buildings

UFAS 4.1.7 ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR HISTORIC BUILDINGS This standard outlines the minimum Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) for Historic Buildings (Section 4.1.7 ONLY).  For a complete copy of UFAS, write the following:     Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board     1331 F Street, N.W., Ste. 1000     Washington, D.C.  20004-1111     800/872-2253 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), Part II -Section 4 "Accessible Elements and Spaces:  Scope and Technical Requirements".       Section 4.1 - "Minimum Requirements"     Section 4.1.6 - "Accessible Buildings:  Alterations"     Section 4.3 - "Accessible Route"     Section 4.14 - "Entrances"     Section 4.22 - "Toilet Rooms" 1.   As a general rule, the accessibility provisions of 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)     would threaten or destroy the historic significance of a     building or facility, then the special application provisions     of 4.1.7(2) 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 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 shall be provided.  EXCEPTION:  If it is     determined that no entrance used by the public can comply with     4.14, 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 and 4.1.6 shall be provided along an     accessible route that complies with 4.3.  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 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.                          END OF SECTION