In order to open a business does it have to be handicap accessible?

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In order to open a business does it have to be handicap accessible?

I have found a place to open a salon but it is a basement and there is no handicap accessibility. I was wondering if I would have to have a ramp or wheel chair lift in order to open my business?

Asked on May 20, 2011 under Business Law, Nebraska

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In every state, there are components of the Americans with Disabilities Act built into the statute specifically and more stringently at times or it defers to the federal law. There are always exceptions to the ADA requirements for accessibility depending on the use of the place or location and whether the location is old or new and if it is grandfathered in such a way that ADA compliance is not required. You need to check with the building department in your city or county who would need to give you the certificate of compliance (COC) or certificate of occupancy (CO).  Another place is the broker who is handling the sale or rental of this location and an inspector may also be able to help you.


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