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When alterations or additions are made to existing buildings or facilities, an accessible path of travel to the specific area of alteration or addition shall be provided. The primary accessible path of travel shall include:
  1. A primary entrance to the building or facility,
  2. Toilet and bathing facilities serving the area,
  3. Drinking fountains serving the area,
  4. Public telephones serving the area, and
  5. Signs.
Exceptions:
  1. Residential dwelling units shall comply with Section 11B-233.3.4.2.
  2. If the following elements of a path of travel have been constructed or altered in compliance with the accessibility requirements of the immediately preceding edition of the California Building Code, it shall not be required to retrofit such elements to reflect the incremental changes in this code solely because of an alteration to an area served by those elements of the path of travel:
    1. A primary entrance to the building or facility,
    2. Toilet and bathing facilities serving the area,
    3. Drinking fountains serving the area,
    4. Public telephones serving the area, and
    5. Signs.
    Note: The language in this exception, which refers to the "immediately preceding edition of the California Building Code," shall permit a reference back to one CBC edition only and is not accumulative to prior editions.
  3. Additions or alterations to meet accessibility requirements consisting of one or more of the following items shall be limited to the actual scope of work of the project and shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4:
    1. Altering one building entrance.
    2. Altering one existing toilet facility.
    3. Altering existing elevators.
    4. Altering existing steps.
    5. Altering existing handrails.
  4. Alterations solely for the purpose of barrier removal undertaken pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336, 28 C.F.R., Section 36.304) or the accessibility requirements of this code as those requirements or regulations now exist or are hereafter amended including, but not limited to, one or more of the following items shall be limited to the actual scope of work of the project and shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4:
    1. Installing ramps.
    2. Making curb cuts in sidewalks and entrance.
    3. Repositioning shelves.
    4. Rearranging tables, chairs, vending machines, display racks and other furniture.
    5. Repositioning telephones.
    6. Adding raised markings on elevator control buttons.
    7. Installing flashing alarm lights.
    8. Widening doors.
    9. Installing offset hinges to widen doorways.
    10. Eliminating a turnstile or providing an alternative accessible route.
    11. Installing accessible door hardware.
    12. Installing grab bars in toilet stalls.
    13. Rearranging toilet partitions to increase maneuvering space.
    14. Insulating lavatory pipes under sinks to prevent burns.
    15. Installing a raised toilet seat.
    16. Installing a full-length bathroom mirror.
    17. Repositioning the paper towel dispenser in a bathroom.
    18. Creating designated accessible parking spaces.
    19. Removing high-pile, low-density carpeting.
  5. Alterations of existing parking lots by resurfacing and/or restriping shall be limited to the actual scope of work of the project and shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4.
  6. The addition or replacement of signs and/or identification devices shall be limited to the actual scope of work of the project and shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4.
  7. Projects consisting only of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, reroofing, electrical work not involving placement of switches and receptacles, cosmetic work that does not affect items regulated by this code, such as painting, equipment not considered to be a part of the architecture of the building or area, such as computer terminals and office equipment shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4 unless they affect the usability of the building or facility.
  8. When the adjusted construction cost, as defined, is less than or equal to the current valuation threshold, as defined, the cost of compliance with Section 11B-202.4 shall be limited to 20 percent of the adjusted construction cost of alterations, structural repairs or additions. When the cost of full compliance with Section 11B-202.4 would exceed 20 percent, compliance shall be provided to the greatest extent possible without exceeding 20 percent.
    1. An accessible entrance;
    2. An accessible route to the altered area;
    3. At least one accessible restroom for each sex or one accessible unisex (single-user or family) restroom;
    4. Accessible telephones;
    5. Accessible drinking fountains; and
    6. When possible, additional accessible elements such as parking, signs, storage and alarms.
  9. Certain types of privately funded, multistory buildings and facilities were formerly exempt from accessibility requirements above and below the first floor under this code, but as of April 1, 1994 are no longer exempt due to more restrictive provisions in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. In alteration projects involving buildings and facilities previously approved and built without elevators, areas above and below the ground floor are subject to the 20-percent disproportionality provisions described in Exception 8, above, even if the value of the project exceeds the valuation threshold in Exception 8. The types of buildings and facilities are:
    1. Office buildings and passenger vehicle service stations of three stories or more and 3,000 or more square feet (279 m2) per floor.
    2. Offices of physicians and surgeons.
    3. Shopping centers.
    4. Other buildings and facilities three stories or more and 3,000 or more square feet (279 m2) per floor if a reasonable portion of services sought and used by the public is available on the accessible level.
    • For the general privately funded multistory building exception applicable to new construction and alterations, see Section 11B-206.2.3, Exception 1.
    • The elevator exception set forth in this section does not obviate or limit in any way the obligation to comply with the other accessibility requirements in this code. For example, floors above or below the accessible ground floor must meet the requirements of this section except for elevator service. If toilet or bathing facilities are provided on a level not served by an elevator, then toilet or bathing facilities must be provided on the accessible ground floor.
  10. Alterations solely for the purpose of installing electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) at facilities where vehicle fueling, recharging, parking or storage is a primary function shall comply with Section 11B-202.4 to the maximum extent feasible without exceeding 20 percent of the cost of the work directly associated with the installation of EVCS. A "primary function" is a major activity for which the facility is intended.
    • Alterations solely for the purpose of installing EVCS at facilities where vehicle fueling, recharging, parking or storage is not a primary function shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-202.4

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