Elimination of Architectural Barriers


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Program News and Updates

Texas Accessibility Academy in Houston February 19–22, 2018

The Building Professional Institute (BPI) has coordinated with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to offer the Texas Accessibility Academy at the Houston Texas BPI to be held February 19 -22, 2018. The two-day (16 credit hours) academy is open to all individuals interested in an overview of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards. Also provided will be two seminars (4 credit hours each) directed towards Understanding Texas Accessibility Requirements and Applying Texas Accessibility Requirements. All courses will satisfy the required instruction in department-approved topics in accordance with 16 Texas Administrative Code, Section 68.74(b) for those already licensed as Registered Accessibility Specialists. For more information on this and upcoming events, and to register please visit the Building Professional Institute at their web site: http://bpi-tx.com

For directions, registration or if you have any questions please contact BPI: training@bpi-tx.com

Texas Accessibility Academy Presentations Posted

The PowerPoint presentation, (in PDF format), used in teaching the Academy is available on the Academy page. The seven (7) sections of the two-day presentation may be printed for use during the Academy. Copies of the PowerPoint presentation will not be available at the Academy.

Overdue Project File Round-Up – 2nd NOTICE

The Department will host a 2nd File Round-Up. If you did not take advantage of the first, please take this opportunity to achieve compliance in preparation for the new Texas Architectural Barriers System (TABS). TDLR is strongly advising each RAS to review his/her files, PSUs, and related documents for any overdue project records based on current RAS Procedures. After November 1, 2017 and when TABS is in effect, any RAS audited and found violating RAS Procedures may be forwarded to the Enforcement Division for further possible action(s).

Download the Overdue File Return Form (Word).

This is a limited opportunity for each RAS to submit all overdue AB project records, including files:

  • Overdue for Inspection
  • Corrective Modifications
  • Five-Year Retention
    • (Closed/Approved)
    • Closed/Canceled
  • Late/Overdue Project Status Updates (PSU)
  • Other overdue AB project records per RAS Procedures

The 2nd Round-Up will occur at North Campus on:

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Location: TDLR North Campus / Public Meeting Room 125E
1106 Clayton Lane
Austin, Texas

TDLR will not accept files without an inventory. Inventories must include the EAB Project Number and Project Name. The preferred template is available (attached), although the Department will accept the list in any format.

If you cannot make it to the 2nd Round-Up, you may be allowed to mail or ship files to the Department at 920 Colorado St, Austin, Texas, 78701 or PO Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711. Please contact the Department if you decide to mail or ship your files.

Any related questions should be directed to techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov.

Texas Accessibility Academy Dates

The Texas Accessibility Academy dates and locations for TDLR’s fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018) are now available. Visit the Texas Accessibility Academy page for details.

The Texas Accessibility Academy is a two-day comprehensive study of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act (TABA), Architectural Barriers Administrative Rules, and the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS). Attendees also receive general information about how the TABA and TAS relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

New Registered Accessibility Specialist Bulletins

TDLR’s Architectural Barriers (AB) program is issuing two new Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) Bulletins due to the upcoming AB Rule Changes (effective May 15, 2017). At this time, there are no changes to the RAS Procedures effective April 1, 2007, compliance with those are still required.

Technical Memoranda

TDLR issued Technical Memorandum (TM) 2017-25 (28kb PDF) to address 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards 404.2.10 (Door and Gate Surfaces) and guidelines relevant to door and gate surfaces within ten inches of the finish floor. Read Technical Memorandum 2017-25

Rule Changes

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments, repeal and new rules regarding the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §§68.10, 68.20, 68.30, 68.31, 68.50 - 68.54, 68.60, 68.70, 68.74 - 68.76, 68.90, 68.93 and 68.102; the repeal of current §68.55 and §68.80; and new §68.80 and §68.103).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of May 15, 2017.

Online AB Project Registration and Payment Available

TDLR accepts AB project registration payment online, using a credit or debit card.The online payment option allows a TDLR project number to be assigned immediately and ensures the property/facility owner can conveniently register their project in accordance with Texas AB law and AB administrative rules. AB projects may still be registered by downloading, completing and submitting by mail a Project Registration Form with the applicable fees to TDLR. A Registration Help Sheet is available to guide the public through the process of registering a construction project with TDLR and locating a Registered Accessibility Specialist to provide plan review and inspection services. For more information please email techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov or call (512) 463-6599 or (877) 278-0999.


Advisory Committee Meetings

Previous Meeting - May 2, 2017

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee met May 2, 2017 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.