South San Francisco, CA asked in Civil Rights and Municipal Law for California

Q: Can the City building department permanently close the church parking lot if cannot comply with ADA parking lot?

They permanently close down our parking lot if we don’t comply with accessibility and striping requirements and failure to comply will result in code enforcement actions.

We pursue the concrete project as a patio because it would be easier to get a permit. The SSF Planner requested the drawings submitted to have the phrase “FOR GATHERINGS & NOT FOR PARKING”. That church parking lot has been used for over 50 years. Our desire when we obtain the permit is to make the area safe. We found that it’s really necessary to pave the lot because of growing potholes and also to avoid slippery accidents with the multiple purposes for gatherings and parking but don’t mind if it’s not an official park. But now if we cannot comply with ADA our parking will be permanently close down.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If the church parking lot does not comply with ADA accessibility requirements and striping requirements, the city building department may take code enforcement actions against the property, including the possibility of closing the parking lot permanently.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that public accommodations, including parking lots, be accessible to individuals with disabilities. If the parking lot does not meet the required accessibility standards, the city may require that the parking lot be modified to comply with those standards or face closure.

It is important to note that the specifics of your situation and the requirements of the ADA can vary depending on the location and other factors. It is recommended that you consult with a local attorney or accessibility expert to determine your options and obligations under the ADA, and to develop a plan for addressing any compliance issues with the parking lot.

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