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Handicap Parking


Photo of sign saying Parking By Disabled Permit Only Tow Away Zone & Fine Up To $250

What You Need to Know About ADA Compliant ParkingFlorida Statute (F.S.) 553.5041, entitled “Parking spaces for persons who have disabilities”, is the State standard for parking spaces provided for people with disabilities. All handicap parking spaces must be located closest to your building entrance and clearly marked with the “handicap symbol of accessibility”.

Signed into law in July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects every property owner. Regardless of company size, all businesses must now have the proper amount of handicapped-accessible parking spaces.

Each accessible parking space must be posted a permanent above-grade sign bearing the international symbol of accessibility and with the caption “PARKING BY DISABLED PERMIT ONLY”.   Suggested companies for signs:

The term “Grandfather in” does not apply to handicap parking.

Curb ramps must be located outside of handicap parking spaces and access aisles.

The accessible route must lead from the handicap parking space to an accessible entrance.

Handicapped parking spaces are made available to make life a bit more livable for people requiring small concessions for accessibility’s sake. All businesses and privately-owned facilities that provide goods or services to the public are responsible for complying with city, state and federal laws in regard to accessible parking.

A parking lot is one of the first things noticed by customers, clients, and visitors entering a facility. The color contrast of a newly striped handicap parking space and in compliance with the laws is attractive and is a good indication that the property owner emphasizes maintenance and safety for customers with disabilities. A well-marked handicap parking space directs people safely around the parking area.

The CIL Disability Resource Center, Inc. wants to help.

We have all the information for business owners to comply with local, state and federal guidelines conveniently available in this portal for your use.

What You Need to Know About ADA Compliant Parking

Handicap Parking Checklist 2015

Disabled Tax Credit (Form 8826 – IRS)

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