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ADA and Accessibility Compliance

The City of Seattle is committed to ensuring all people’s access to facilities, programs, and services. Executive Order No. 01-2012 directs City departments and offices that manage, design, construct, alter, maintain, and lease City facilities and properties to comply with all applicable portions of the regulations related to Title II, including the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

In response, the City has created the ADA Compliance Team (ACT). The ACT is responsible for reviewing all City of Seattle owned and leased construction projects to ensure they comply with all ADA and accessibility requirements. If you have questions please contact Joy Jacobson at 206-684-0385 or Terri Simmons at 206-684-4535.

ACT Construction Project Compliance Information

Most construction projects:

JOC (Job Order Contracting) projects:

Building permit review: When your project is required to be permitted by the City of Seattle, it will have to go through the FAS ADA review. The process is described here:

On rare occasions, your project may experience a hardship that impedes it’s ability to comply with ADA. The only situations that MIGHT qualify are related to structural impracticability, historic landmark status, or topography. If you think your project might qualify, fill out the hardship request form and forward it to the ACT for a decision.

ACT Early Design Guidance: The ACT has developed this guide to assist project managers and design teams in creating design documents that will successfully navigate the ACT review process. Make sure you show all the information necessary to avoid ACT comments. It will help with FAS ADA permit review too!


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