Oak Park Universal Access Program 

for Places of Public Accommodation

Accessibility Checklist for Existing Buildings in Oak Park, Illinois 

based on both the ADA Regulations and the Illinois Accesibility Code

Adapted from AChecklist for Existing Facilities@ by Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. And Barrier Free Environments, Inc., 1992.

Types of buildings considered Places of Public Accommodations:

Inn, hotel, motel (not including bed & breakfast buildings which have 5 or fewer rooms for rent and which is proprietor-occupied).

Restaurant serving food or drink.

Theater, stadium, or other place of exhibition or entertainment.

Auditorium, lecture hall, or other place of public gathering.

Bakery, grocery store, clothing store, hardware store, shopping center, or other sales or rental center.

Laundromat, dry cleaner, bank, barber shop, beauty shop, travel service, shoe-repair service, funeral parlor, gas station, office of accountant or lawyer, pharmacy, insurance office, professional office of a health care provider, hospital, or other service establishment.

Terminal, depot, or other station used for public transportation.

Museum, library, gallery, or other place of public display or collection.

Park, zoo, amusement park or other place of recreation.

Nursery school, elementary school, secondary school, undergraduate or post graduate private school, or other place of education, not owned or controlled by a religious organization.

Day care center, senior citizen center, homeless shelter, food bank, adoption agency, or other social service center establishment.

Gymnasium, health spa, bowling alley, golf course, or othe place of public exercise or recreation.
 

 

Where no alterations, additions, or new construction is proposed to take place to a Place of Public Accommodation, the Tenant or Owner should allocate funds for barrier removal in accordance with the following priority table.

Relative costs in table are as follows:

Low: $0 to $100

Medium: $100 to $1000

High: More than $1000


 

Priorities

Barrier-removal checklist

Suggested barrier-removal or alternative solutions

Relative cost

Priority 1:

Accessible Entrance

1-1

Parking

Is parking lot gravel?

Pave accessible parking spaces and access to sidewalks

Low

Are there sufficient accessible parking spaces?

Total spacesAccessible

1-201 space

21-502 spaces

51-753 spaces

76-1004 spaces

Restripe lot to provide correct number of accessible spaces.

Low

Are all accessible parking spaces 16'-0" wide with half of space diagonally striped?

Restripe lot to create correct width for accessible spaces

Low

Are accessible parking spaces located on the shortest possible path to an accessible entrance to the building?

Restripe lot

Low

Does each accessible parking space have a AReserved@ sign with a $50 fine sign on a post or on the wall?Is there a AVan Accessible@ sign on at least 1 space in every 8 accessible spaces?

Add required signs and remove non-complying signs

Low

If spaces are in garage structure, is there a 98" minimum height clearance for at least 1 in every 8 accessible spaces for vans?

Move accessible spaces to location where 98" vertical clearance is available

Low

1-2 

Passenger Loading Zones

If the building is provided with a passenger loading zone, is there a 60" wide access walk from the loading zone to the front door of the building?

Provide access walk.

Medium

Is there a 114" high vertical clearance to the passenger loading zone?

Relocate passenger loading zone to provide required clearance.

Eliminate passenger loading zone.

High

Low

1-3 

Path of Travel

Is there a sidewalk that leads to an accessible entrance?

Provide sidewalk.

Medium

Is the sidewalk stable, firm and slip-resistant?

Reconstruct sidewalk.Use concrete, asphalt, or tight jointed masonry.

Medium

Is the sidewalk at least 36" wide?

Reconstruct sidewalk.

Medium

If the sidewalk is less than 60" wide, is there passing spaces at least 60" square every 200 feet along the path?

Install passing space landings.

Low

If objects protrude within the sidewalk area, can they be detected by a blind person with a cane?

In order to be detected by a cane, an object must be within 27" of the ground.Objects hanging overhead must be at least 80" above the sidewalk level.Objects that protrude 4" or less from a wall do not have to be removed.

Remove protruding objects.

Construct a guard around protruding object that can be detected by a cane.

Trim overhanging branches above 80" above sidewalk.

Low

Medium

Low

Are there curb ramps at every curb along the accessible sidewalk to the building entrance?

Install curb ramp.

Medium

Do curb ramps have detectable warning strips on sloping surface?

By Illinois requirements, detectable warnings are 1/4" to 3/4' wide parallel grooves in concrete spaced 1" to 2 3/4" on center.

Reconstruct concrete curb ramp to provide detectable warnings.

Add surfacing to existing curb ramps to comply with detectable warning design.

Medium

Medium

Do curb ramps have no more than 1 in 12 slope?

Reconstruct curb ramp.

Medium

Do sides of curb ramps have slopes with no more than 1 in 10 where pedestrians must pass across curb ramp?

Reconstruct curb ramp.

Install guard rails.

Medium

Medium

Are there stairs or steps along the sidewalk that leads to the accessible entrance to the building?

Re-route the sidewalk to eliminate the steps.

Install an accessible ramp along the sidewalk.

Install a platform lift or a stair lift

Medium

High

High

Are the slopes of ramps no greater than 

1 in 12?

At least one foot of ramp length is required for each inch of rise

Lengthen ramp to decrease slope.

Relocate ramp.

Reconfigure ramp to include landing and switchback

Medium

Medium

Medium

Do ramps with slopes of greater than 1 in 20 and lengths greater than 72" or height greater than 6" have handrails on both sides?

Add handrails.

Medium

Is top of handrail 34" above ramp surface?

Remove and re-set handrail height.

Medium

Is handrail 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter?

Remove and replace handrail.

Medium

Does ramp have slip-resistant surface?

Roughen surface or add slip-resistant surface to ramp.

Low

Does ramp have edge-protection?

Edge protection can be either be closely spaced balusters on the handrail, 2" min. high curbs, walls or 12" wide platform extension.

Reconstruct ramp or railing to provide edge protection.

Low

Is there a 60" long landing at top and bottom of ramp and at every 30" rise or every 30 foot run of ramp?

Reconstruct ramp to provide landings.

High

1-4

Entrance to Building

Are there stairs at the main entrance of the building?

Provide an alternative accessible entrance that is not a service entrance.

Provide a platform lift or a stair lift.

Provide a ramp.

Medium

High

High

Do all inaccessible entrances have signs indicating the location of the nearest accessible entrance?

Provide signs at or before inaccessible entrances.

Low

Is entrance door min. 32" wide clear when opened?

Install wider door.

Remove and install offset hinges to create wider opening when door is fully open.

Assure that the door opening is at least 29 1/2" wide clear if replacement of door is not affordable.

Medium

Medium

Low

Is there at least 18" clearance on the pull side of doors?

Move door.

Reverse door swing, if possible.

Move or remove adjacent partitions or furniture.

Medium

Medium

Low

Is threshold no higher than 1/2" with bevelled edges?

Remove and replace threshold.

Ramp up to threshold.

Low

Low

Are doormats stable, firm and slip-resistant?

Remove doormat.

Secure doormat at all edges.

$0.00

Low

Are doormats less than 1/4" high or have bevelled edges to a max. Thickness of 1/2"

Remove and replace doormat.

Low

Is door handle no higher than 48"

Lower handle.

Medium

Is door handle operable with a closed fist?

The Aclosed fist@ test for door handles: Try opening the door using only one hand held in a fist.If you can do it, so can a person who has limited use of his or herhands.

Replace door knob with a lever handle lock.

Add a lever extension to an existing door knob.

Medium

Low

Can exterior doors be opened with not more than 8.5 lbs force?

Install new closer to reduce opening force.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

High

Can interior doors be opened with not more than 5 lbs force?

Install new closer to reduce opening force.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

High

Does door closer delay closing of door so that there is at least 3 seconds delay from 90 degrees open to 12 degrees open?

Adjust closer.

Install new delay-action closer.

Low

Medium

1-5

Fire Alarms

Do fire alarms have both flashing lights and audible signals?

Install strobe lights connected to alarm system in compliance with intensity and frequency requirements.

Medium

Priority 2:

Access to Goods and Services

2-1

Horizontal circulation

Are all public spaces on an accessible route?

Provide accessible route to all public spaces.

Low to Medium

Is accessible route at least 36" wide?

Move furnishings, tables, chairs, display racks, vending machines and counters to make more room.

Low

Is there a 60" diameter circle clearance or a T-shaped space for a person in a wheelchair to turn around?

Move furnishings, tables, chairs, display racks, vending machines and counters to make more room.

Low

Is carpeting low pile, tightly woven, and securely attached at the edges?

Remove carpeting and replace.

Medium

If objects protrude within the accessible route, can they be detected by a blind person with a cane?

In order to be detected by a cane, an object must be within 27" of the floor.Objects hanging overhead must be at least 80" above the floor level.Objects that protrude 4" or less from a wall do not have to be removed.

Remove protruding objects.

Construct a guard around protruding object that can be detected by a cane.

.

Low

Medium

2-2

Doors

Do all doors have at least a 32" clear passage?

Install new door of correct width

Install offset hinges to increase opening width

Allow reduced width to minimum of 29 1/2" clear width if other solutions are not readily achievable

Medium

Medium

Low

Is there at least 18" clearance on the pull side of doors?

Move door.

Reverse door swing, if possible.

Move or remove adjacent partitions or furniture.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

Medium

Low

High

Is threshold no higher than 1/2" with bevelled edges?

Remove and replace threshold.

Ramp up to threshold.

Low

Low

Is door handle no higher than 48"

Lower handle.

Medium

Is door handle operable with a closed fist?

The Aclosed fist@ test for door handles: Try opening the door using only one hand held in a fist.If you can do it, so can a person who has limited use of his or herhands.

Replace door knob with a lever handle lock.

Add a lever extension to an existing door knob.

Medium

Low

Can doors be opened with not more than 5 lbs force?

Install new closer to reduce opening force.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

High

Does door closer delay closing of door so that there is at least 3 seconds delay from 90 degrees open to 12 degrees open?

Adjust closer.

Install new delay-action closer.

Low

Medium

2-3

Ramps

Are the slopes of ramps no greater than 

1 in 12?

At least one foot of ramp length is required for each inch of rise

Lengthen ramp to decrease slope.

Relocate ramp.

Reconfigure ramp to include landing and switchback

Medium

Medium

Medium

Do ramps with slopes of greater than 1 in 20 and lengths greater than 72" or height greater than 6" have handrails on both sides?

Add handrails.

Low

Is top of handrail 34" above ramp surface?

Remove and re-set handrail height.

Low

Is handrail 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter?

Remove and replace handrail.

Low

Does ramp have slip-resistant surface?

Roughen surface or add slip-resistant surface to ramp.

Low

Does ramp have edge-protection?

Edge protection can be either be closely spaced balusters on the handrail, 2" min. high curbs, walls or 12" wide platform extension.

Reconstruct ramp or railing to provide edge protection.

Medium

Is there a 60" long landing at top and bottom of ramp and at every 30" rise or every 30 foot run of ramp?

Reconstruct ramp to provide landings.

Medium

2-4

Elevators

Are there both visible and audible door opening/closing signals and floor indicators?

Install visible and audible signals -- the audible signals may be either verbal (recorded or synthesized voice), or tones (one tone to indicate upward direction, two tomes to indicate downward direction)

Medium

Are the call buttons in the hallway no higher than 42" above the floor?

Lower call buttons

Provide a permanently attached reach stick

Medium

Low

Do the controls outside and inside the cab have raised and braille lettering?

Install raised and braille lettering next to buttons

Medium

Is there a sign on the jamb at each floor identifying the floor in raised and braille lettering?

Install tactile signs to identify floor numbers, at a height of 60" above the floor

Low

If there is an emergency communication system or intercom, Is it usable without voice communication?

Replace communication system.

High

If there is an emergency communication system or intercom, are there raised letter and braille instructions?

Add simple raised letter and braille instructions.

Low

2-5

Vertical Platform or Stair Lifts

Can the lift be used without assistance?

At each stopping level, post clear instructions on how to use the lift.

Provide a call button.

Low

Low

Is there at least 30" x 48" of clear space for a person using a wheelchair to approach to reach the controls and use the lift?

Rearrange furnishings and equipment to clear more space.

Move controls

Low

Medium

Are controls between 15" and 48" high, or up to 54" high if a side approach is possible?

Move controls.

Medium

2-6

Stairs connecting levels which are not connected by an elevator, lift or ramp

Do stairs have non-slip surface?

Add non-slip vinyl or rubber tread if interior stairs; add non-slip insert if exterior stairs

Medium

Do stairs have continuous handrails on both sides with extensions beyond the top and bottom stiars?

Replace handrails

Alter handrails.

$35.00 /lf rail

Priority 3:

Access to Toilet Room Facilities

3-1

Providing accessible restrooms

Is there at least one restroom for each sex accessibl, or one unisex restroom accessible?

Provide new accessible unisex restroom.

Redesign one restroom for each sex to make accerssible.

High

High

Are there signs at inaccessible restrooms that give directions to accessible restrooms?

Provide directional signs with raised lettering and braille giving directions to accessible restrooms.

Low

Are there signs with raised lettering and braille at accessible restrooms identifying them as accessible?

Provide signs with raised lettering and braille and with pictograms showing men or women, and with the symbol of accessibility identifying accessible restroom

Low

3-2

Doors into restrooms

Do all doors have at least a 32" clear passage?

Install new door of correct width

Install offset hinges to increase opening width

Allow reduced width to minimum of 29 1/2" clear width if other solutions are not readily achievable

Medium

Medium

Low

Is there at least 18" clearance on the pull side of doors?

Move door.

Reverse door swing, if possible.

Move or remove adjacent partitions or furniture.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

Medium

Low

High

Is threshold no higher than 1/2" with bevelled edges?

Remove and replace threshold.

Ramp up to threshold.

Low

Low

Is door handle no higher than 48"

Lower handle.

Low

Is door handle operable with a closed fist?

The Aclosed fist@ test for door handles: Try opening the door using only one hand held in a fist.If you can do it, so can a person who has limited use of his or herhands.

Replace door knob with a lever handle lock.

Add a lever extension to an existing door knob.

Medium

Low

Can doors be opened with not more than 5 lbs force?

Install new closer to reduce opening force.

Install hydraulic or electric automatic opener.

Medium

High

Does door closer delay closing of door so that there is at least 3 seconds delay from 90 degrees open to 12 degrees open?

Adjust closer.

Install new delay-action closer.

Low

Medium

3-3

Passage within restrooms

Does the restroom layout permit adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair?

Rearrange accessories such as chairs and trashcans

Remove inner door if there is a vestibule with 2 doors

Move or remove obstructing partitions.

Low

Low

Low

Is there a 36" wide passageway to at least one of the fixtures?

Remove obstructions.

Low

3-4

Accessible stall layout and design

Is the stall door operable with a closed fist, from either inside or outside?

Replace latch and knob with lever or loop handles.

Add lever extensions to knob.

Medium

Low

Is the accessible stall at least 36" wide

Revise partitions

Medium

Is the accessible stall at least 66" deep if it has a wall-hung water closet or at least 69" long if it has a floor mounted water closet?

Revise partitions

Medium

In a stall with width 48= wide or wider, are there grab bars behind and to the close side wall of the water closet?

Install grab bars

Medium

In a stall with width less than 48", are there grab bars on each side of the stall?

Install grab bars

Medium

Are grab bars locared 33" to 36" above the floor?

Relocate grab bars.

Low

Is the height of the watercloset 17" to 19" above the floor?

Add raised seat.

Replace the watercloset with an accessible watercloset.

Low

Medium

3-5

Lavatories

Does at least one lavatory have a 30" wide x 48" deep clear space in front?

A maximum of 19" of the required depth may be under the lavatory

Remove or alter cabinetry to priovide clear space in front.

Replace lavatory

Rearrange furnishings.

Low

High

Low

Is the lavatory rim no higher than 34"

Adjust lavatory height.

High

Is there 29" vertical clearance from the floor to the bottom of the apron?

Adjust or replace lavatory.

High

Can the faucet be operated with one closed fist?

Replace faucet handles with paddle handles or cross type handles.

Medium

Are soap dispensers, towel dispensers, other dispensers and hand driers located at maximum of 48" above the floor and usable with one closed fist?

Lower dispensers.

Replace dispensers or provide additional dispensers.

Medium

Medium

Is a mirror mounted with bottom edge of the reflecting surface maximum of 40" above the floor?

Lower the mirror.

Add a ful length mirror in another accessible location within the restroom.

Low

Medium

Are the hot water and drain pipes exposed?

Insulate pipes.

Low

Priority 4:

Access to other Facilities

4-1

Drinking fountains

Is there at least one drinking fountain with clear space of at least 30" wide x 48" in front?

Rearrange or remove furnishings.

Low

Is there one drinking fountain with a spout no higher than 36" above the floor and another one with a standard height spout (42")?

Provide cup dispensers adjacent to drinking fountain with spouts that are too high or too low.

Lower existing wall-hung drinking fountain.

Provide accessible drinking fountains which are 36" and 42" to spouts..

Provide accessible water cooler.

Low

Medium

High

Medium

Are the controls for the drinking fountain mounted on the front or on the side near the front edge and operable with one closed fist?

Replace the controls.

Medium

Does the drinking fountain protrude no more than 4" into a hallway?

Place a planter or other cane-detectable barrier on each side at floor level.

Low

4-2

Telephones

If pay or other public use telephones are provided, is there clear floor space of at least 30" x 48" in front of at least one?

Move furnishings.

Replace telephone booth with an open station telephone.

Add new accessible telephone.

Low

Medium

Medium

Is the highest operable part of the telephone no higher than 48" above the floor of 54" if a side approach is possible?

Lower one telephone

Medium

Does the telephone protrude no more than 4" into a hallway?

Provide a cane-detectable barrier on each side.

Medium

Does the telephone have push buttons?

Replace telephone with push button type.

Medium

Is the telephone hearing-aid compatible?

Replace or modify telephone to make it hearing-aid compatible type.

Medium

Does the telephone have volume control?

Replace telephone

Medium

Is the telephone volume control identified with appropriate signage?

Add signage.

Medium

Is one of the telephones equipped with text telephone(TDD)?

Install a text telephone.

Have a portable text telephone available.

Medium

Medium

Is the location of the text telephone identified by accessible signage with the TDD symbol?

Add signage.

Medium