NJ Guide to Accessible Parking
The following information has been obtained from the NJ Guide to Accessible Parking, Third Edition dated July 2013. This publication is designed as a resource only; it is not a substitute for the law or statutes related to accessible parking.
Accessible parking requirements in New Jersey are a combination of New Jersey Statues and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. This guide has been updated to reflect the revised NJ parking statues (effective August 1, 2013)** and the most current revisions to both Titles II and III of the ADA standards (Published September 15, 2010)*.
HOW ARE ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES IDENTIFIED?
• Accessible spaces, reserved for use by individuals with disabilities, are identified with a sign bearing the International Symbol of Accessibility.
• In New Jersey, signage also should include a penalty sign indicating fines for offenses. The penalty for the first offense is $250 and, for subsequent offenses, a $250 minimum fine and/or up to 90 days community service.
A PERMIT OR PLATE HOLDER CANNOT PARK IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
• Striped access aisles adjacent to accessible parking spaces
• Parking meters without depositing a coin
• Parking meters beyond a 24 hour period
• Other areas prohibited by Law as outlined in C.39:4-138 (i.e. within an intersection, on a crosswalk, in any area appropriately marked “no parking”, within 50 ft. of a “stop” sign, within 10 ft. of a fire hydrant, etc.)
Remember: Restricted parking permits and plates are to be used solely by the individual with the qualifying disability. If someone without a disability uses another person’s permit or plates, the Motor Vehicle Commission or issuing locality may revoke the permit/plates, deny renewal, and issue fines of at least $250.
Question: How many accessible parking spaces are required and what changes related to accessible parking occurred as a result of the revised 2010 ADA standards?
Answer: The number of accessible parking spaces required depends on the total number of parking spaces in the lot or garage. While the revised 2010 ADA standards did not change the total number of accessible spaces required overall, the revisions did increase both the required number of van spaces and the required width of a van space.
In accordance with the revised ADA standards of accessible design, when there is new construction or an alteration (striping or restriping) of previously constructed parking spaces beginning on or after March15, 2012, it is required that at least one accessible space in every parking lot and one in every six (1:6) accessible parking spaces be van accessible, with increased dimensions of at least 132 inches (11 feet) and an access aisle of at least 60 inches (5 feet).
Question: Can accessible parking spaces be the same size as non-accessible spaces, as long as the appropriate signs are placed in front of the space?
Answer: No. The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act requires that accessible car parking spaces be at least 96 inches (8 feet) wide and accessible van parking spaces be at least 132 inches wide (11 feet). The access aisle for both accessible car and van spaces is required to be a minimum of 60 inches (5 feet) wide.
|Total # Spaces||Required # of Accessible spaces||Required # of Van Spaces|
|At least 1 in each lot||1:6|
|501-1000||2% of total||1 in every 6|
|Over 1000||20 + 1 for each 100 over 1000||1 in every 6|
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Currently at Kilmer, the employee lots have a total of 571 spots, 29 Accessible and 542 regular.
Based on the chart they are only required to have 12 Accessible spaces