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Am I required to change the bathroom to be ADA accessible?

Jamaica, NY |


I am a new business thinking of renting a store front to provide arts & crafts for children and adults. I will also provide Children birthday parties. The space alreay comes with a bathroom. The size of the bathroom is not handicap accessible. It is not wide enough at all to fit a wheel chair. My question is, If I rent the space am I required to change the bathroom to be handicap accessible?

Thank you for your time.


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Attorney answers 2


your business will be a "public accommodation" under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You need to comply with all accessibility and other applicable prvovisions. Read the primer ( and have an attorney and/or knowledgeable architect prepare plans. Take note of local DOB regulations.


Based on what you have supplied here, yes.

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