Q: How do I contact the Architectural Access Board (AAB)?
A: Contact information for the AAB is as follows:
MA Architectural Access Board
One Ashburton Place, Room 1310
Boston, MA 02108
Q: What is the authority of the AAB?
A: The Board's statutory authority derives from Massachusetts General Law Chapter 22, Section 13A.
Q: What are the AAB Rules and Regulations?
A: The AAB Rules and Regulations, more commonly known as 521 CMR, can be found on its website. Alternatively, you may purchase hard copies at the State Bookstore, Room 116, State House, Boston, MA 02133. You may place orders over the telephone by calling 617-727-2834.
Q: Can I obtain a written decision from a Building Inspector?
A: Building Inspectors do not have the authority to suggest compliance alternatives to 521 CMR, as they do for 780 CMR, and accordingly they are required to strictly enforce the AAB Rules and Regulations. The Board alone has the authority to grant variances for alternative compliance solutions and relief from strict compliance with the code. .
Q: When does the Board meet?
A: The Board meets every other Monday of the month. For a schedule of the Board's meetings please visit the meeting agenda portion of the the Board's website.
Q: Who are the members of the Board?
A: The Board consists of nine members: the Secretary of Public Safety or her designee; the Secretary of Elder Affairs or her designee; the Director of the Office on Disability or her designee; and six members appointed by the Governor in consultation with the Secretary of Public Safety from lists submitted by the Director of the Office on Disability. Three of the appointed members are selected after consultation with advocacy groups on behalf of persons with disabilities. The Governor, Secretary and Director exercise their best efforts to ensure at least two members are registered architects. The chairperson is elected annually by the members. The names of current Board members can be found on the Board's main page.
Q: Who is the Board's staff?
A: The current staff members are:
- Thomas P. Hopkins, Executive Director
- Kate Sutton, Program Coordinator
- Mark Dempsey, Compliance Officer
Q: Will the Board's staff meet with me to discuss accessibility?
A: The Board is unable to do full plan reviews and/or approvals. However, the Board's staff members are able to meet in order to discuss issues concerning complaints and variances. Additionally, the staff also responds to written requests for advisory opinions on issues of accessibility.
Q: How do I propose a change to the AAB regulations?
A: All requests for proposed changes to the AAB regulations must be sent in writing to the Board's Regulations Subcommittee at the AAB's office address.
For questions regarding the Board processes and forms, please see the links below.
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