2022 Texas Accessibility Standards

New 2022 Texas Accessibility Standards

The TDLR is working on the new 2022 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), which will be the first update to the 2012 TAS. The additions to the new 2022 TAS will be very significant and will incorporate provisions of the Chapter 68 Rules including detention and correctional facilities, the new parking requirements, technical memorandums, technical requirements based on technological advances including adult changing tables and electrical vehicle charging stations, clarification of advisory requirements, and a new chapter on outdoor guidelines including including parks and trails. The new standards will also incorporate referenced standards from the 2017 ANSI Standards, where they do not conflict with the federal ADA standards.

The draft will be published on the Department's website on April 8th, 2022, when a 30-day public comment period will commence. There will be a web form that the public may utilize to respond to comments. At the end of the public comment period the TDLR and the advisory work groups, along with other stakeholder groups, will meet to discuss and research the comments. Upon completion a final draft will be prepared and the AB Advisory Board will meet to share the final document for approval and adoption by the Commission.

 


 

Proposed Changes to the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS)

April 8, 2022

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (2012 TAS), adopted by reference at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §68.100, regarding the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program.  The proposed amendments include updates to address advances in technology since the adoption of the 2012 TAS and incorporate requirements set forth in technical memoranda.

The proposed amendments were published in the April 8, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 1933).  The Department will accept comments on the proposal until May 9, 2022.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers Program to review the proposed amendments online.  Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.

The draft of the 2022 Texas Accessibility Standards may be found here: https://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/archive/April82022/In%20Addition/202201092-1.pdf