Elimination of Architectural Barriers

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Architectural Barriers Overdue Project File Round-Up

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is hosting a project file drop-off day at TDLR’s North Campus to consolidate our project records data, prepare for the new Texas Architectural Barriers System (TABS), and facilitate compliance with current Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) Procedures.

This round-up is a limited opportunity for each RAS to submit all overdue Architectural Barriers (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  

TDLR will not accept files without an inventory. Inventories must include the EAB Project Number and Project Name. Download the preferred Overdue File Round-Up Return List template or provide the list in any format.

The round-up will occur at North Campus on:

Date:            Monday, July 10, 2017
Time:           8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Location:    TDLR North Campus / Public Meeting Room 125E, 1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, Texas

Please take advantage of this opportunity to achieve compliance in preparation for the new TABS. TDLR strongly advises each RAS to review his/her files, PSUs, and related documents for any overdue project records. After the round-up and when TABS is in effect, any RAS audited and found violating RAS Procedures may be forwarded to TDLR’s Enforcement Division for further possible action(s).

Future drop off dates/locations are under consideration, but not guaranteed. Please email any related questions to techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov.

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

Advisory Committee Meetings

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.

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.

CEU and Accessibility Training Opportunity for Building Professionals

Join us at the 25th Building Professional Institute (BPI) and ICC Training Certification summit in Arlington, Texas beginning on May 22, 2017. TDLR will be presenting three classes that provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Architects, RAS, and other professionals:

    • Monday, May 22, 8 a.m. - noon, Understanding Texas Accessibility Standards (4 hr CEU class)
    • Monday, May 22, 1 - 5 p.m., Applying the Texas Accessibility Standards (4 hr CEU class)
    • Tuesday & Wednesday, May 22 & 23, 8 - 5 p.m., Texas Accessibility Academy (16 hr CEU class)

Registration is now open.  Register at: http://civileng.uta.edu/bpi/seminarSelection.aspx


The Texas Accessibility Academy will be presented on three dates in Austin during 2017.

The Austin dates are:

  • July 18-19, 2017 (session full)
  • August 15-16, 2017 (session full)

The Academy will also be presented at two BPI conferences in 2017. For information about the BPI conferences (February in Houston, May in Arlington), please visit the Building Professional Institute Registration Site.

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.