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Handy-cap building code help

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was wondering if anyone on this board understands how the handy-cap accessible rules apply when doing repairs in a church bathroom. We need to replace the stall dividers and would like to make the doors swing out instead of in. We are NOT changing the size of the stalls or the doors just the swing direction. Will this open us up to a scenario of "we made a change" and now we must comply to the latest building codes.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is what you're talk'n 'bout here - I think.

Here's the main site for it all - has some PDF files with info an such. Also want to verify with your local authority as well.

http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/stdspdf.htm

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Hi all,
was wondering if anyone on this board understands how the handy-cap accessible rules apply when doing repairs in a church bathroom. We need to replace the stall dividers and would like to make the doors swing out instead of in. We are NOT changing the size of the stalls or the doors just the swing direction. Will this open us up to a scenario of "we made a change" and now we must comply to the latest building codes.

If you want to discuss this off-line please send me a PM.

Thanks

Roy
In my neck of the woods, dealing with a number of different jurisdictions, if it requires a building permit, it has to be brought up to code. Only one stall has to be compliant along with the entrance to the restroom and access to one sink.

If I were you I would make the argument that you are only replacing existing materials and not altering the building. On the other hand, since it is a church, you may very well need accomodations for handicapped parishioners in which case I would suggest you do the right thing for your folks.

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Thanks Tate & Jeff,

Would like to try and accommodate all parishioners but building is 35 years old and wheel chair access to the bathrooms was not given any consideration. Rets of the church is completely accessable so this is a stumbling block for us. We have discussed this and had quotes to do the work but voters did want to spend the money so on to the second option of making them a little more user friendly for crutches and walkers just not wheel chairs.

will keep digging for possibilities.

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