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RULE §68.22State Leases

(a) State leased buildings or facilities with an annual lease expense of $12,000 or more must be registered with the department in accordance with §68.21.

(b) Buildings or facilities that are leased or occupied in whole or in part for use by the state, shall meet the following requirements of TAS:

  (1) New construction shall comply with TAS 201.1.

  (2) Additions shall comply with TAS 202.2.

  (3) Alterations shall comply with TAS 202.3 and 202.4.

  (4) Historic buildings or facilities shall comply with TAS 202.5.

  (5) Existing buildings and facilities are ones that have not been constructed, renovated, or modified since April 1, 1994. In an existing building or facility, where alterations are not planned or the planned alterations will not affect an area containing a primary function, the following minimum requirements shall apply:

    (A) If parking is required as part of the lease agreement or is provided to serve the leased area, accessible parking spaces shall comply with TAS 208 and 502.

    (B) An accessible route from the parking area(s) shall comply with TAS 206 and 402.

    (C) At least one entrance serving the leased space shall comply with TAS 206.4.5 and 404.

    (D) If toilet rooms or bathrooms are required by the lease agreement or are provided to serve the leased area, at least one set of men's and women's toilet rooms or bathrooms or at least one unisex toilet room or bathroom serving the leased area shall comply with TAS 213 and 603.

    (E) Signage at toilet rooms or bathrooms shall comply with TAS 703. Toilet rooms or bathrooms serving the leased area which are not accessible shall be provided with signage complying with TAS 703.1, 703.2.4, 703.2.5, 703.6.2 and 703.7 indicating the location of the nearest accessible toilet room or bathroom within the facility.

    (F) If drinking fountains are required by the lease agreement, or are provided to serve the leased area, at least one fountain shall comply with TAS 602. If more than one drinking fountain is provided, at least 50% shall comply with TAS 602.

    (G) If public telephones are required by the lease agreement, or are provided to serve the leased area, at least one public telephone shall comply with TAS 704.

    (H) If an element or space of a lease is not specified in this subsection but is present in a state leasehold, that element or space shall comply with TAS 201.1.

(c) A registered accessibility specialist shall not perform inspection services for an agency of the State of Texas occupying a building or facility that is subject to the renewal or extension of an existing lease.

Source Note: The provisions of this §68.22 adopted to be effective August 31, 2023, 48 TexReg 4642

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