OAK PARK UNIVERSAL ACCESS COMMISSION

Amendment the Oak Park Building Code
Regarding Path of Travel Requirements for Remodeling


Revise section 506.2 in the International Existing Building Code to read as follows:

506.2 Alterations affecting an area containing a primary function (“Path of Travel” accessibility requirements). Where an alteration affects the accessibility to, or contains an area of, primary function, the route to the primary function area and the restrooms, telephones, and drinking fountains serving the altered area, shall be made readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs.

Exceptions:
1. The costs of providing the accessible route are not required to exceed 20 percent of the costs of the alterations affecting the area of primary function.


2. This provision does not apply to alterations limited solely to windows, hardware, operating controls, electrical outlets, and signs.


3. This provision does not apply to alterations limited solely to mechanical systems, electrical systems, installation or alteration of fire protection systems, and abatement of hazardous materials.


4. This provision does not apply to alterations undertaken for the primary purpose of increasing the accessibility of an existing building, facility, or element.

Primary function. A "primary function" is a major activity for which the facility is intended. Areas that contain a primary function include, but are not limited to, the customer services lobby of a bank, the dining area of a cafeteria, the meeting rooms in a conference center, as well as offices and other work areas in which the activities of the building are carried out. Mechanical rooms, boiler rooms, supply storage rooms, employee lounges or locker rooms, janitorial closets, entrances, corridors, and restrooms are not areas containing a primary function.

Landlord/tenant: If a tenant is making alterations that would trigger the requirements of this section, those alterations by the tenant in areas that only the tenant occupies do not trigger a path of travel obligation upon the landlord with respect to areas of the facility under the landlord's authority, if those areas are not otherwise being altered.

Costs that may be counted as expenditures required to provide an accessible path of travel may include:

1. Costs associated with providing an accessible entrance and an accessible route to the altered area, for example, the cost of widening doorways or installing ramps;

2. Costs associated with making restrooms accessible, such as installing grab bars, enlarging toilet stalls, insulating pipes, or installing accessible faucet controls;

3. Costs associated with providing accessible telephones, such as relocating the telephone to an accessible height, installing amplification devices, or installing a telecommunications device for deaf persons (TDD);

4. Costs associated with relocating an inaccessible drinking fountain.

In choosing which accessible elements to provide, priority should be given to those elements that will provide the greatest access, in the following order:

1. An accessible entrance;

2. An accessible route to the altered area;

3. At least one accessible restroom for each sex or a single unisex restroom;

4. Accessible telephones;

5. Accessible drinking fountains; and

6. When possible, additional accessible elements such as parking, storage, and alarms.

The obligation to provide an accessible path of travel may not be evaded by performing a series of small alterations to the area served by a single path of travel if those alterations could have been performed as a single undertaking.

If an area containing a primary function has been altered without providing an accessible path of travel to that area, and subsequent alterations of that area, or a different area on the same path of travel, are undertaken within three years of the original alteration, the total cost of alterations to the primary function areas on that path of travel during the preceding three year period shall be included in the calculation of maximum cost required to be spent in providing an accessible path of travel.