Accessibility of Buildings and Facilities Used by the General Public
Iowa Code section 103A.7, subsection 5 provides that the State of Iowa Building Code shall include "reasonable provisions" for
Iowa Code section 104A.2 provides that
A significant change in Iowa's requirements for accessibility to persons with disabilities of buidlings and facilities used by the general public took effect January 1, 2004. The standards now in effect are based upon
The new accessibility requirements are based upon the federal Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, also known as ADAAG (28 CFR 36, Appendix A) and, with some amendments, adopt the federal guidelines by reference.
A significant exception to the use of ADAAG is the rule setting out accessibility requirements for apartment buildings (now rule 661-16.720(103A,104A)). ADAAG does not cover requirements for apartment buildings, which are covered federally by the Fair Housing Act, rather than the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Question or comments may be addressed to the Department's Agency Rules Administrator via