The DOB recently released a bulletin to clarify instances when wheelchair lifts can be used within an accessible route. With few exceptions, the 2014 Building Code eliminated wheelchair lifts as a component of accessible route in “new construction.”
New construction is defined as buildings constructed under the 2008 or 2014 Building Code. It also includes construction under prior code buildings not subject to LL 58 of 1987 if the following apply:
There are exceptions where wheelchair lifts are still permissible in new construction. Here are some:
Lawful wheelchair lifts as a component of accessible route must abide by ASME A18.1, which limits travel, floor penetration and capacity.
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If you have ever been at home sick watching daytime television, you’ve certainly seen commercials for Rascal scooters and similar devices. These devices are typically larger than a standard wheel chair and may have difficulty maneuvering within a building.