Our church is building a new activities center, and some members of the building committee are saying we must install an elevator if we have a two-story building. Are elevators required by the ADA?
In many situations, elevators are required. However, religious organizations enjoy a broad exemption under the ADA. If you plan to use the activity center exclusively for church purposes, the requirement might be different than if you someday decide to use it as a day care center or for public events such as monthly meetings of the local humane society. However, accessibility should be factored into the building of the facility in order to allow the most members of the public to have full access to the facility.

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1. I went to a local strip mall shopping center the other day and there were no accessible parking spaces anywhere in the whole lot. Is there a place I can report this?
2. If I am building on private, residential property for personal use, do I have to meet the ADA technical specifications?
3. Where can I find the specifications for building accessible rooms and structures and for doing renovations or alterations?
4. Our church is building a new activities center, and some members of the building committee are saying we must install an elevator if we have a two-story building. Are elevators required by the ADA?
5. Is a landlord required to provide access for renters to their rental home? Can I file a complaint?