The City of Dubuque Building Department ADA Inspector provides detailed inspection reports for both the interior and exterior portions of an existing Building to provide the owner with a comprehensive plan and report to bring the building within compliance of our ADA specifications. Our Inspector also is available to perform Design Review consultations during the preliminary stages of your project to offer ideas and solutions to ensure your project will meet ADA compliance.
During the months of September and October of 2015 community members were asked about accessibility needs related to city transportation and facilities.
We invite you to read the documents below to discover what comments were gathered, how the city staff responded and what the next steps are for this topic.
ADA Executive Summary- this 2 page document will give you an overview of the engagement effort and what themes emerged from the public comments.
Community Engagement Report 1- read this report to discover project background information, who participated, where the meetings were and read all public comments.
The sections listed below are intended to give guidance to commercial property owners for complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These guidelines are questions you should ask yourself and be thinking about in regard to the design of your commercial property:
Click here to view the "Is Your Business Accessible?" brochure.
Downtown Urban Renewal District ADA Assistance Program
The City Council has approved the Downtown Urban Renewal District ADA Assistance Program. This program will fund 25% of eligible accessibility improvement costs to buildings in the Downtown Urban Renewal District.
"Readily achievable" means that the cost to remove architectural and communication barriers that are structural in nature does not exceed $500 out of pocket for a property and/or business owner taking into consideration tax credits and available grant funding (per property).
Where the cost of removing barriers to accessibility exceeds a $500 out of pocket expense for a property and/or business owner, taking into consideration tax credits and available grant funding, the property and/or business owner shall work with the Building Official to prioritize barrier removal up to the $500 out of pocket threshold.
Where the barrier removal expense threshold is exceeded the property and/or business owner shall work with the Building Official to develop a written plan to make existing facilities available to persons with disabilities through alternative methods.
The Building Official cannot waive compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.