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Chapter 11B, Division 5 (General Site and Building Elements)

2016 CBC Revisions:
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Chapter 11B, Division 5 (General Site and Building Elements) 

Accessible Parking Identification

11B-502.6 Identification. Parking space identification signs shall include the International Symbol of Accessibility complying with Section 11B-703.7.2.1 in white on a blue background. Signs identifying van parking spaces shall contain additional language or an additional sign with the designation “van accessible”. Signs shall be 60 inches (1524 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground surface measured to the bottom of the sign.

Exception: Signs located within an accessible route a circulation path shall be a minimum of 80 inches (2032 mm) above the finish floor or ground surface measured to the bottom of the sign.

The minimum sign height now applies to locations at any kind of pedestrian circulation path rather than only accessible routes.


Passenger Drop-off and Loading Zone Identification

11B-503.6 Identification. Each passenger loading zone designated for persons with disabilities shall be identified with a reflectorized sign complying with Section 11B-703.5. It shall be permanently posted immediately adjacent to and visible from the passenger loading zone stating “Passenger Loading Zone Only” and including the International Symbol of Accessibility complying with Section 11B-703.7.2.1 in white on a dark blue background.

This California amendment was repealed to avoid conflicting usage of the ISA and blue diagonally striped zones. Drop-off and loading zones are not reserved for persons with disabilities; anyone can use them to drop-off or load passengers.


Handrail Extensions

11B-505.2.1 Orientation. The orientation of at least one handrail shall be in the direction of the stair run, perpendicular to the direction of the stair nosing, and shall not reduce the minimum required width of the stair.

This amendment carries forward the 2010 CBC provision that was “inadvertently” omitted in the 2013 code. However, it exists in a gray area of the 2010 ADA Standards, which require compliant handrails to be located on both sides of a stair.