Frequently Asked Questions

What is ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 is a law that was voted in to provide equal rights for people in wheelchairs and any number of other disabilities.  

How does it affect my business?

Equal rights to people in wheelchairs means that you have to provide wheelchair access to all parts of your business, which are provided to able-bodied people.  Your business must comply with all current standards which are readily achievable.  Since 1991, you have been required to regularly upgrade your facility to come into compliance.

How is this law enforced?

Any private citizen, who is disabled, can enforce this law and fine you a minimum of $4000.00 per visit, if your business isn’t accessible. With increasing media coverage, comes increasing numbers of businesses being fined for ADA violations. The total average cost of being caught violating the ADA is approximately $15,000 per violation.  

What is considered an ADA violation?

An ADA violation can be as innocent as forgetting to move a box out of a doorway. Itemized ADA violations can be found in the 2010 ADA Standards and the 2016 California Building Code Chapter 11B.  

What happens if I am caught violating the ADA?

Once you are caught in violation of ADA, you will be put on the federal website online list along with your business information and a list of violations the disabled individual experienced. This list puts you and your neighbors at risk for being fined again by another disabled individual in a short amount of time. Some businesses have been fined over 4 times a year.  

Am I at risk and how can I prevent from being targeted by ADA enforcement?

Please visit our map, to see your proximity to ADA targets.  The closer your business or property is to recent violators, the greater the chance that you will be next.


Once you are caught in violation of ADA, you will be put on the federal website online list along with your business information and a list of violations the disabled individual experienced. This list puts you and your neighbors at risk for being fined again by another disabled individual in a short amount of time. Some businesses can be fined over 4 times a year.  


Your only legal form of protection is to receive a government issued certificate from a licensed Certified Access Specialist.  


Call us today to schedule an appointment and one of our professional Certified Access Specialists will visit your business and get your business protected before it's too late.