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RULE §68.10Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Act--Texas Government Code, Chapter 469, Elimination of Architectural Barriers.

  (2) Alteration-- A renovation, modification, or change to a building or facility that affects or could affect the usability of the building or facility or portion thereof. Re-roofing, painting, or wallpapering, or changes to mechanical and electrical systems are not alterations unless they affect the usability of the building or facility.

  (3) Building--Any structure located in the State of Texas used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.

  (4) Commencement of Construction--The date of placement of engineering stakes, delivery of lumber or other construction materials to the job site, erection of batter boards, formwork, or other construction related work.

  (5) Completion of Construction--The date when a construction project results in occupancy or the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. For public roadway projects, completion of construction occurs upon final payment and release of the contractor performing the work or, if the work is performed by public employees, removal of barricades and opening of all traffic lanes for use.

  (6) Construction Documents--Drawings, specifications, addenda, change orders, construction change directives and other supplemental documents prepared for the purpose of regulatory approval, permitting, or construction.

  (7) Crosswalk--That part of a roadway where motorists are required to yield to pedestrians crossing, as defined by state and local regulations, whether marked or unmarked.

  (8) Curb Line--A line that represents the extension of the face of the curb and marks the transition between the sidewalk and the gutter or roadway at a curb ramp or flush landing.

  (9) Day--A calendar day.

  (10) Department--The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

  (11) Designated Agent--An individual designated in writing by the owner to act on the owner's behalf.

  (12) Element--An architectural or mechanical component of a building, facility, space, or site, e.g., telephone, curb ramp, door, drinking fountain, seating, water closet, or public right-of-way.

  (13) Estimated Construction Cost--Includes all costs for construction of a project except site acquisition, architectural, engineering and consulting fees, furniture, and equipment unless the equipment is part of the mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems.

  (14) Facility--All or any portion of buildings, structures, site improvements, elements, and pedestrian routes or vehicular ways located on a site e.g. complexes, equipment, roads, walks, passageways, parking lots, or other real property subject to the Act.

  (15) Housing at a Place of Education--Public or privately funded housing operated by or on behalf of an elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate school, or other place of education, including dormitories, suites, apartments, or other places of residence.

  (16) Issue--To mail, deliver, transmit, or otherwise release plans or specifications to an owner, lessee, contractor, subcontractor, or any other person acting for an owner or lessee for the purpose of construction, applying for a building permit, or obtaining regulatory approval after such plans have been sealed by an architect, registered interior designer, landscape architect, or engineer. In the case of a state-funded or other public works project, it is the time at which plans or specifications are publicly posted for bids, after such plans or specifications have been sealed by an architect, registered interior designer, landscape architect, or engineer.

  (17) Overall Responsibility--The level of responsibility held by an architect, registered interior designer, landscape architect or engineer who prepares construction documents and coordinates the various aspects of the design of a building or facility.

  (18) Owner--The person(s) that hold(s) title to the building or facility subject to compliance with the Act, TAS, and this chapter.

  (19) Pedestrian Access Route--A continuous and unobstructed path of travel provided for pedestrians with disabilities within or coinciding with a pedestrian circulation path.

  (20) Pedestrian Elements--Components that make up a pedestrian access route including, but not limited to walking surfaces, ramps, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, automated pedestrian signals, elevators, and platform lifts.

  (21) Person--An individual, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity, including a state agency or governmental subdivision.

  (22) Project File--Records retained, uploaded, or submitted to TABS.

  (23) Public Entity--Any state government agency or unit of local government or special purposes district.

  (24) Public Right-of-Way--Public land or property, usually in interconnected corridors, that is acquired for or dedicated to transportation purposes.

  (25) Registered Accessibility Specialist--An individual who is certified by the department to perform review and inspection functions of the department.

  (26) Religious Organization--An organization that qualifies for an exemption from taxation, as a religious organization as provided in Texas Tax Code, Chapter 11, §11.20(c).

  (27) Sidewalk--That portion of an exterior circulation path that is improved for use by pedestrians and usually paved.

  (28) Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS)--The collection of scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements by individuals with disabilities, periodically adopted by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation.

  (29) Texas Architectural Barriers Online System (TABS)--The online database for the registration of projects subject to the TAS and maintenance of project records.

Source Note: The provisions of this §68.10 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 March 15, 2012, 37 TexReg 677; amended to be effective May 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 2333; amended to be effective August 31, 2023, 48 TexReg 4642

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