Please refer to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 22 and Section 13A for more information about the Architectural Access Board

Copies of our Rules and Regulations (521 CMR) are available at the State Bookstore, Room 116, State House, Boston, MA 02133 (617) 727-2834.


IMPORTANT: The following sections are in Adobe Acrobat format. In order to view the documents, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. The FREE Acrobat Reader is available from the the Adobe Website

Please note that due to formatting issues, the pages on the website regulations do not coincide with the pages in the hard copy of 521 CMR.


Section 1 Authority pdf format of 521001.pdf
Section 2 Purpose and Scope pdf format of 521002.pdf
Section 3 Jurisdiction pdf format of 521003.pdf
Section 4 Appeal and Variance pdf format of 521004.pdf
Section 5 Definitions pdf format of 521005.pdf
Section 6 Space Allowance and Reach Ranges pdf format of 521006.pdf


Section 7 Retail Establishments pdf format of 521007.pdf
Section 8 Transient Lodging Facilities pdf format of 521008.pdf
Section 9 Multiple Dwellings pdf format of 521009.pdf
Section 10 Public Use and Common Use Spaces in Multiple Dwelling pdf format of 521010.pdf
Section 11 Commercial Buildings pdf format of 521011.pdf
Section 12 Educational Facilities pdf format of 521012.pdf
Section 13 Medical Care Facilities pdf format of 521013.pdf
Section 14 Places of Assembly pdf format of 521014.pdf
Section 15 Detention Facilities pdf format of 521015.pdf
Section 16 Houses of Worship pdf format of 521016.pdf
Section 17 Restaurants pdf format of 521017.pdf
Section 18 Transportation Terminals pdf format of 521018.pdf
Section 19 Recreational Facilities pdf format of 521019.pdf


Section 20 Accessible Route pdf format of 521020.pdf
Section 21 Curb Cuts pdf format of 521021.pdf
Section 22 Walkways pdf format of 521022.pdf
Section 23 Parking and Passenger Loading Zones pdf format of 521023.pdf


Section 24 Ramps pdf format of 521024.pdf
Section 25 Entrances pdf format of 521025.pdf
Section 26 Doors and Doorways pdf format of 521026.pdf
Section 27 Stairs pdf format of 521027.pdf
Section 28 Elevators pdf format of 521028.pdf
Section 29 Floor Surfaces pdf format of 521029.pdf
Section 30 Public Toilet Room pdf format of 521030.pdf
Section 31 Bathing Rooms pdf format of 521031.pdf
Section 32 Kitchens pdf format of 521032.pdf
Section 33 Dressing, Fitting and Changing Rooms pdf format of 521033.pdf
Section 34 Storage pdf format of 521034.pdf
Section 35 Tables and Seating pdf format of 521035.pdf
Section 36 Drinking Fountains pdf format of 521036.pdf
Section 37 Public Telephones pdf format of 521037.pdf
Section 38 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) pdf format of 521038.pdf
Section 39 Controls pdf format of 521039.pdf
Section 40 Alarms pdf format of 521040.pdf
Section 41 Signage pdf format of 521041.pdf


Section 42 Group 1 Bathrooms pdf format of 521042.pdf
Section 43 Group 1 Kitchens pdf format of 521043.pdf
Section 44 Group 2 Bathrooms pdf format of 521044.pdf
Section 45 Group 2 Kitchens pdf format of 521045.pdf
Section 46 Group 1 Bedrooms pdf format of 521046.pdf
Section 47 Group 2 Bedrooms pdf format of 521047.pdf