2018 Illinois Accessibility Code Now In Effect
The new Illinois Accessibility Code (71 Ill. Adm. Code 400), which became effective as of October 23, 2018, is the culmination of a four-year effort to harmonize the 1997 IAC and the ADA 2010 Standards. LCM Architects participated in the revision process with a committee of representatives from the Illinois Capital Development Board and the Disability Rights Section of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
One of the most notable changes is the format. The IAC organization was modified to meet ANSI and ADA format and numbering. Also, deviations in the IAC from ADA 2010 Standards are indicated in italic text. Both features will help ease the comparison process for users.
Many of the IAC requirements remain the same. Examples of significant changes include:
- Accessible parking spaces will be allowed to share access aisles in most cases.
- Areas of rescue assistance are not required in buildings with a supervised automatic sprinkler system.
New public facility or multi-story housing projects may be exempt from the new version and instead comply with the 1997 version if they meet both of the following criteria:
- A specific contract for the planning was awarded prior to the effective of the new IAC version.
- Construction is begun within 12 months of the effective date of the new version.
A user-friendly version of the IAC will be published on the Illinois Capital Development Board’s website in the near future.