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RULE §68.20Buildings and Facilities Subject to Compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards

(a) A building or facility used by a public entity is subject to compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards (hereinafter "TAS") if it is constructed, renovated, or modified, in whole or in part, on or after January 1, 1970, using funds from the state or a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state.

(b) A building or facility referenced by this subsection or subsection (d) that is constructed, renovated, or modified on a temporary or emergency basis e.g. man-camps, fixed furniture systems, wall systems, and exhibit areas.

(c) A building or facility leased for use or occupied, in whole or in part, by the state under a lease or rental agreement entered into on or after January 1, 1972, is subject to the TAS except as modified under §68.101.

(d) The following private buildings and facilities constructed, renovated, or modified on or after January 1, 1992, and defined as a "public accommodation" by Section 301, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Section 12181), and its subsequent amendments, are subject to the TAS:

  (1) Places of lodging, except for an establishment located within a building that contains not more than five rooms for rent or hire and that is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as the residence of such proprietor. For the purposes of this section, a building or facility is a place of lodging" if it is:

    (A) An inn, hotel, or motel; or

    (B) A building or facility that:

      (i) Provides guest rooms for sleeping for stays that are primarily short-term in nature (generally 30 days or less) where the occupant does not have the right to return to a specific room or unit after the conclusion of his or her stay; and

      (ii) Provides guest rooms under conditions and with amenities similar to a hotel, motel, or inn, including the following:

        (I) On or off-site management and reservations service;

        (II) Rooms available on a walk-up or call-in basis;

        (III) Availability of housekeeping or linen service; and

        (IV) Acceptance of reservations for a guest room type without guaranteeing a particular unit or room until checking in, and without prior lease or security deposit.

  (2) a restaurant, bar, or other establishment serving food or drinks;

  (3) a motion picture house, theater, concert hall, stadium, or other place of exhibition or entertainment;

  (4) an auditorium, convention center, lecture hall, or other place of public gathering;

  (5) a bakery, grocery store, clothing store, hardware store, shopping center, or other sales or rental establishment;

  (6) a laundromat, dry-cleaner, bank, barber shop, beauty shop, travel service, shoe repair service, funeral parlor, gas station, office of an accountant or lawyer, pharmacy, insurance office, professional office of a health care provider, hospital, or other service establishment;

  (7) a terminal, depot, or other station used for specified public transportation;

  (8) a park, zoo, amusement park, or other place of recreation;

  (9) a museum, library, gallery, or other place of public display or collection;

  (10) a nursery, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate private school, or other place of education;

  (11) a day care center, senior citizen center, homeless shelter, food bank, adoption agency, or other social service center establishment; and

  (12) a gymnasium, health spa, bowling alley, golf course, or other place of exercise or recreation.

(e) Commercial facilities are subject to the Act and compliance with TAS if they are intended for non-residential use by a private entity and if their operations will affect commerce. Such application shall not include railroad locomotives, railroad freight cars, railroad cabooses, commuter or intercity passenger rail cars or any other railroad cars described in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) §242, or covered under the ADA, Title III, railroad rights-of-way, or facilities that are covered or expressly exempted from coverage under the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.

(f) Buildings or facilities of a religious organization are subject to the Act except for areas exempted under §68.30.

(g) Buildings or facilities with an estimated construction cost of less than $50,000 or not subject to the Act and compliance with TAS may be registered, reviewed, and/or inspected by a registered accessibility specialist or contract provider.

Source Note: The provisions of this §68.20 adopted to be effective November 5, 2001, 26 TexReg 8807; amended to be effective February 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 382; amended to be effective March 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 884; amended to be effective May 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 2333

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