Building Officials, design professionals, building owners and business owners all understand that the built community must provide accessibility. There are two key vehicles for enforcing compliance; the California Statutes and Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act and Standards. Building Officials want to have clarity on what they should or should not enforce.
This article with clarify that Building Officials and their staffs should enforce only the CBC and not the new 2010 ADA Standards (ADAS). While there is current consensus among most building officials, there have been questions, unclear direction and lack of established precedents that answer this issue. This article provides a brief explanation of why there have been questions and why, according to key government officials, that building officials should enforce only the CBC regulations. It documents both verbal and written opinions in this article and in the attachments.