ADA SignsPutting up signs that are compliant with ADA standards can be somewhat confusing, if you do not know exactly what you need to follow. Some people who have been using ADA signs for years may even find themselves confused at times themselves, oftentimes depending on experts to create their ADA signs for them to avoid mistakes. If you are one of the many who want a bit of clarity regarding the rules and regulations governing your signs, you might want to take a look at some of the most common questions and answers people ask about this.

  1. 1. How big should the pictograms be on my ADA signs? – The minimum size of ADA pictograms is 6”W x 6”H, however, the size of your pictogram will usually depend on the size of the entire sign.
  2. 2. Is it my responsibility to ensure that my signs are ADA compliant? – While the building owner has a legal responsibility to comply with ADA’s standards for accessibility, it is your responsibility to make sure that your business complies with ADA sign standards. This is to ensure that your employees and your disabled clients not only have access to your business and services but can also find their way around. 
  3. 3. Are there penalties for non compliance? – Businesses that do not comply with ADA standards can face rather high penalties. The Department of Justice can and may file a lawsuit to enforce this law. You may be ordered to pay for compensatory damages as well as back pay if you are found to be discriminatory due to non-compliance of this law. The DOJ may also fine you civil penalties and order you to shell out $55,000 for the initial violation and twice that amount for every succeeding violation. 
  4. 4. When am I required to use ADA signs? – If you have permanent rooms and spaces in your place of business, then these need to be marked with ADA signs. The signs that are required for permanent spaces and rooms should be tactile, have Braille, be in the prescribed color combinations and mounted the right way.
  5. 5. Who is the enforcer of ADA compliance? – The Department of Justice enforces this law and investigates whenever a complaint is made regarding non-compliance. Once an establishment is found to be guilty of ADA infractions, they are first ordered to comply within a given timeframe. If they refuse to comply or delay in doing so, further action may be taken by the DOJ against it.