Elimination of Architectural Barriers

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Legacy File Conversion Notification

All EABPRJ projects (Legacy projects) are converting to the Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS), which will eliminate paper files. The Legacy projects will keep their existing EABPRJ project numbers after conversion and must follow TABS rules and the 2018 RAS Procedures.

Legacy uploads will open to RASs in TABS June 24, 2019 - To complete shares, transfers, or closure requests with EABPRJ projects after June 3, 2019, project documents must be uploaded to TABS in the Legacy upload section, which will open to Registered Accessibility Specialists (RASs) for EABPRJ projects on June 24, 2019.

Begin saving files as PDFs for TABS now - TDLR strongly recommends RASs begin saving their paper files as PDFs using TABS rules to make the conversion easier. Instructions for uploading the files to TABS will be posted on the Architectural Barriers website prior to June 24, 2019.

Last day TDLR will accept EABPRJ legacy materials is June 3, 2019 - EABPRJ files ready for closure and Project Status Update (PSU) forms may be sent to TDLR postmarked no later than June 3, 2019. After this date, Legacy file materials will be returned to the sender for upload/update.

RASs may continue Legacy reviews and inspections during conversion - TDLR apologizes in advance for any inconvenience the conversion process may cause. Between June 4 and June 23, 2019, RASs may continue to review and inspect EABPRJ projects, but must retain documents for upload/update in TABS on or after June 24, 2019, when the Legacy uploads begin. On June 24, 2019, the 2018 RAS Procedures timelines and TABS rules will take effect for all EABPRJ projects uploaded/updated in TABS.

Texas Needs You To Become A Registered Accessibility Specialist

Registered Accessibility Specialists are licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to inspect commercial construction projects statewide to ensure compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards. Learn more about becoming a Registered Accessibility Specialist (PDF)

TABS Frequently Asked Questions Posted

Updated frequently asked questions are now available regarding the online TABS system. See the FAQs page to learn more.

TDLR Adopts Rule Review

At their meeting held January 11, 2019, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 68, Elimination of Architectural Barriers, effective January 25, 2019.

The rule review adoption was published in the February 5, 2019 issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 595).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program to review the rule review adoption.

TABS Is Now Available

The Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS) is now available. This system is the new online project database for registration and maintenance of the Elimination of Architectural Barriers project records.

Users must register in TABS and create a user account to access the system.  A valid email address is required to log in and manage your projects in TABS.  All email notifications from TABS regarding your projects will go to that email address. It is essential that you create or designate an email address that you will be able to access for all TABS related notices.

Training videos are available to help familiarize you with the system.

Please call 512-539-5669 or email techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov with any questions.

TABS Training Videos

Training videos are now available to help familiarize you with the Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS):

While most of these videos primarily focus on the duties of Registered Accessibility Specialists (RASs), other TABS users can learn how to register a project or navigate within the system.

Please call 512-539-5669 or email techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov with any questions or concerns.

2018 Registered Accessibility Specialist Procedures Are Available

The 2018 Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) Procedures are available. The 2018 RAS Procedures take effect on December 3, 2018 and must be followed for any projects registered through the Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS). TABS projects will be referenced by numbers such as TABS1234567890. TABS projects will allow you to upload plan reviews and inspections with some edit capabilities and perform other related activities.

The current (2007) RAS Procedures remain in effect for all projects registered prior to December 2, 2018. These projects are referenced as EABPRJB1234567. EABPRJ projects will continue to require paper submittals for plan review, inspections, edits and related activities on Project Status Update (PSU) forms. File folders must be returned to TDLR in accordance with the 2007 RAS Procedure for these projects.

Texas Accessibility Academy

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

The Academy is scheduled for three dates in Austin and offers 16 hours of continuing education for registered accessibility specialists and design professionals.  Austin classes are held at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville Road.

Dates for the Academy are as follows:

March 19-20, 2019
June 4-5, 2019
August 13-14, 2019

The Academy is also offered at the Building Professional Institute, (BPI); February in Houston, Texas and May in Irving, Texas.  Registration for BPI classes is through http://bpi-tx.com

Visit the Texas Accessibility Academy page for additional details or contact the Architectural Barriers Program at 512-539-5669 or techinfo@tdlr.texs.gov.

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.

TDLR Notices for Construction Projects to Resume

To help provide relief in areas declared a disaster due to Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) suspended issuing notices for construction projects subject to compliance with the Texas Architectural Barriers Act.

Ensuring compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards is critical in rebuilding Texas even better than it was before. Within the next few weeks, and with consideration for each building owner’s unique circumstance, TDLR will restart our normal procedure for sending reminder notices to owners for overdue inspections and for verification of corrective modifications. 

TDLR will take a phased approach: notices will initially be sent to those areas farthest from the Texas coast, and those areas with the greatest damage from the storm will be among the last to receive notices.

Please review your records regarding pre-Harvey projects registered with TDLR in the affected areas. Any questions or concerns about Architectural Barriers projects impacted by Hurricane Harvey can be directed to techinfo@tdlr.texas.gov or 512-539-5669.

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

January 22, 2019 Meeting

The Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee met January 22, 2019 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.