State laws and regulations that cover renovation and new construction of state facilities:
- 521CMR, the Rules and Regulations of the MA Architectural Access Board
- The Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law
- Other legislation and executive orders that ensure the rights of people with disabilities to equal access to programs, services, and activities of the Commonwealth and it’s agencies including Article 114 of the Massachusetts Constitution, Massachusetts Equal Rights Law, and Massachusetts Executive Order 526 of 2011.
Federal laws and regulations include:
The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (replaced ADAAG in 2012)
Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act
State and federal regulations apply to state facilities differently. Even when building code requires only minimal improvements to the building, longstanding ADA obligations to provide program access must be considered in the scope of a project.
If you are a designer or contractor on a DCAMM-funded project, the Statewide Accessibility Initiative is available to work with you to achieve full accessibility compliance.
Review for compliance is done for the following:
- Study and code review
- All design phases
- Post-construction and project close out