ADA Guidelines

ADA Standards for Accessible Design


California Access Compliance Information

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design


The link above will open the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Sections that may be of interest are noted below:

Chapter 1, Section 103 – Equivalent Facilitation
Chapter 2, Section 201 – Application
Chapter 4, Section 404 – Doors


Thresholds (404.2.5)

Thresholds, if provided at doorways, shall be 1/2″ (13 mm) high maximum. Raised thresholds and changes in level at doorways shall comply with 302 and 303.

EXCEPTION: Existing or altered thresholds 3/4″ (19 mm) high maximum that have a beveled edge on each side with a slope not steeper than 1:2 shall not be required to comply with 404.2.5


Door Hardware (404.2.7)

Handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operable parts on doors and gates shall comply with 309.4. Operable parts of such hardware shall be 34″ (865 mm) minimum and 48″ (1220 mm) maximum above the finished floor or ground. Where sliding doors are in the fully open position, operating hardware shall be exposed and usable from both sides.

Advisory 404.2.7: Door hardware that can be operated with a closed fist or a loose grip accommodates the greatest range of users. Hardware that requires simultaneous hand and finger movements require greater dexterity and coordination, and is not recommended.


Door Opening Force (404.2.9)
The force for pushing or pulling open a door shall be 5 pounds (22.2N) maximum for sliding or folding doors.

Advisory 404.2.9: The maximum force pertains to the continuous application of force necessary to fully open a door, not the initial force needed to overcome the inertia of the door. It does not apply to the force required to retract bolts or to disengage other devices used to keep the door in a closed position.

  • Fleetwood’s Archetype Rolling System provides for an operating force of <5 lbs. on panels less than 350 lbs. This is available in the following door series’: Series 3070, Series 3070-T, and Series 3050.