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Proposed Changes to Texas Accessibility Standards
April 8, 2022
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (2012 TAS), adopted by reference at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §68.100, regarding the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program. The proposed amendments include updates to address advances in technology since the adoption of the 2012 TAS and incorporate requirements set forth in technical memoranda.
The proposed amendments were published in the April 8, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 1933). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until May 9, 2022.
The Department encourages anyone interested in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers Program to review the proposed amendments online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.
Proposed Rule Changes
February 15, 2022
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §68.65, regarding the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program. The proposed rule makes the necessary rule changes for the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program to align the program rules with the advisory board changes made by House Bill 1560, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021), the Sunset legislation for the Department.
The proposed rule was published in the February 4, 2022, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 399). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until March 7, 2022.
The Department encourages anyone interested in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers Program to review the rule proposal online at Proposed Rules Title 16 (texas.gov). Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.
On The Level - January 2022 Edition
January 18, 2022
Articles in the January 2022 edition of TDLR On The Level include:
- A Farewell from Brian Francis
- New Web Links To Program Statutes
- Electrical Contractors Needed To Advise Students
- New! Order IHB Labels and Decals Online
- Recent License Revocations
TABS Updates and Enhancements
August 30, 2021
TDLR is pleased to announce the following updates and upgrades to the Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS):
User Dashboard updates
Project Dashboard updates
TDLR celebrates Texas Elimination of Architectural Barriers Act & Americans with Disabilities Act anniversaries
July 26, 2021
Agency urges qualified individuals to become a licensed Registered Accessibility Specialist
AUSTIN – Although Texas is celebrating 51 years of the Texas Elimination of Architectural Barriers Act and 31 years of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the state lags in having enough Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS) to review and inspect the approximately 2,000 construction projects registered per month statewide. Read the Press Release (PDF) »
On The Level - July 2021 Edition
July 1, 2021
Articles in the July 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:
- Commission Adopts 2020 National Electrical Code, Delays Implementation of section 210.8(F)
- IHB Says a Fond Farewell to Donna Lipke
- Summary of ASHRAE Guidelines for Post-COVID Building HVAC Operations
- Recent License Revocations
On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.
Rule Change Related to Accessible Parking Signage and Markings Effective August 1
August 3, 2020
Beginning Aug. 1, 2020, a new rule relating to markings and signage required for Accessible Parking Spaces goes into effect. Rule 68.104 (Texas Administrative Code) implements House Bill 3163, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Elimination of Architectural Barriers (EAB) Advisory Committee recommended adoption of the rule during its June 15, 2020 meeting, and it was adopted by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation at their June 30, 2020, meeting.
All projects registered with TDLR on or after August 1, 2020 must comply with the rule, as well as Texas Accessibility Standards requirements related to parking spaces. Any new or alteration construction projects that begin on or after August 1, 2020 (including those that do not meet the $50,000 threshold requiring registration with TDLR), must also satisfy the rule if they include accessible parking requirements.
Rule 68.104 is available on TDLR’s Elimination of Architectural Barriers webpage.
TDLR Adopts Administrative Rules
July 27, 2020
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §68.100; new rule §68.104). The adopted rules update a reference from the “Commission” to the “Department.” The adopted rules also implement necessary changes required by House Bill 3163, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which set requirements for paved accessible parking spaces.
The adoption justification was published in the July 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 5166). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of August 1, 2020.
Owner or Owner Designee May Electronically Sign Proof of Inspection Form on the Day of the Inspection
April 24, 2020
To help combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our Registered Accessibility Specialists (RASs), building owners and their representatives, the Department will allow the owner or owner designee that accompanied the RAS on the inspection to electronically sign the Proof of Inspection form on the day of the inspection rather than at the time and location of the inspection. To assist with this initiative, the Department has replaced the old Proof of Inspection form with a fully editable form on our website. All fields can be filled in by the RAS except for box 18, the signature of the owner or owners designee.
Start Your RAS Renewal 60 Days Prior to Expiration
February 12, 2020
You will not be able to access the TABS system after your license has expired. Begin your renewal early to avoid delays.
Please ensure your license renewal application includes all required paperwork and your required continuing education hours have been completed.
Texas Accessibility Academy
November 18, 2019
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 class offers 16 hours of continuing education for registered accessibility specialists (RAS) and for design professionals who may self-report continuing education credits.
Texas Accessibility Academy Presentations Posted
November 18, 2019
A shortened version of the Power Point presentation (in PDF format) used in teaching the Academy is available on the Academy page. The two-day class is presented in seven sections and may be printed for use during the Academy. Copies of the PowerPoint presentation will not be available at the Academy.
TABS Legacy Upload User Guide
June 20, 2019
Because legacy uploads are within a different section of TABS, we are providing an upload user guide (PDF) on how to use this new feature (available June 24, 2019).
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legacy File Conversion Notification
May 22, 2019
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
May 15, 2019
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 Training Videos
November 29, 2018
Training videos are now available to help familiarize you with the Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS):
- Dashboard Navigation
- Individual Project Management
- Registering a Project
- Editing a Project
- Project Transfers
- Sharing a Project
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.
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About the Architectural Barriers Program
The Architectural Barriers Program goal is to ensure equal access for all Texans. We administer compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), which are the Texas construction law counterpart to the Americans with Disabilities Act civil law. Our oversight includes providing technical assistance regarding the TAS, licensing and auditing Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS), and providing enforcement referrals for projects that are out of compliance.
RAS are independent contractors we license to conduct plan reviews and inspections of buildings and facilities subject to TAS compliance. RAS must meet minimum required experience and coursework to earn the license and practice as a RAS. We provide educational materials, seminars, technical assistance, technical memoranda, and bulletins to help the RAS perform their duties. Further, we provide administrative support to the RAS using our Texas Architectural Barriers online System (TABS) to house project information, provide project status updates, and generate inspection notices. Our program specialists staff the TechInfo email hotline for RAS and the public to make compliance inquiries.