The Architectural Access Board is in the process of amending their Rules and Regulations, 521 CMR. These are based on an ongoing review by the AAB's Subcommittee on Regulations, comparing the 2006 edition of 521 CMR with 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, International Building Code (IBC) and its counterpart American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 780 CMR, Federal Fair Housing Laws, Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), and proposals by the public, including the LCM Report suggestions.

The most recent change that has been approved includes language regarding the Board's jurisdiction over temporary overnight shelters, which has been approved as an emergency regulation change to coincide with current language in recent amendments to 780 CMR. The language of the new section 521 CMR 3.10.1 requires that effective February 15, 2012, "…temporary overnight shelters, as defined in 780 CMR, shall provide at a minimum, an accessible entrance and an accessible toilet room in compliance with 521 CMR Sections 25 and 30, regardless of whether other work is performed or a change of use occurs."

Any proposed changes or comments on the regulations shall be submitted to the AAB Subcommittee on Regulations in writing, addressed to the Chairman, Kevin Hastings, and care of the AAB Office. Testimony and commentary can also be given at the public hearing for these proposed changes, to be held in the future.

Continue to check back with our website for any future updates on this regulation process, including the date for the public hearing.