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Architectural Barriers Act


The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) requires that buildings and facilities that are designed, constructed, or altered with Federal funds, or leased by a Federal agency, comply with Federal standards for physical accessibility. ABA requirements are limited to architectural standards in new and altered buildings and in newly leased facilities. They do not address the activities conducted in those buildings and facilities. Facilities of the U.S. Postal Service are covered by the ABA.


The Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards ("UFAS") provides uniform standards for the design, construction and alteration of buildings so that physically handicapped persons will have ready access to and use of them in accordance with the Architectural Barriers Act, 42 U.S.C. 4151-4157. See:


For more information or to file a complaint, contact:

U.S. Architectural and Transportation

Barriers Compliance Board

1331 F Street, N.W. , Suite 1000

Washington, D.C. 20004-1111

(800) 872-2253 (voice)

(800) 993-2822 (TTY)