|Accessible routes for raised dining areas|
If you are desiging a new restaurant in a non-elevator equiped building (either new or being altered), and wanted to add a second level dining area, you are allowed to do it without providing an accessible route only if certain requirements are met.
In the ADAAG section 5.4 Dining Areas, it states that in new construction, all dining areas, including raised or sunken dining areas, loggias, and outdoor seating areas, shall be accessible. In non-elevator buildings, an accessible means of vertical access to the mezzanine is not required under the following conditions:
1) the area of mezzanine seating measures no more than 33 percent of the area of the total accessible seating area;
2) the same accommodations (including but not limited to smoking areas and non-smoking areas), services and decor are provided in an accessible space usable by the general public; and,
3) the accessible areas are not restricted to use by people with disabilities.
|Inspector's Corner: Grates|
This video shows an inspection of an accessible route where the grate along the route was positioned the wrong way. Fig. 8h of the ADAAG shows the proper way of installing the grates along the path of travel.