Step by step

Comply with the Accessibility Business Entrance (ABE) program

Hire an access professional, categorize your entrance, and submit plans to make it accessible.

Most businesses must fill out a category checklist.

Follow these steps to hire a professional and fill out your category checklist to comply with the program.

Exemptions and waivers

  • You may request an exemption from the program if you do not serve the public. Request an exemption
  • You may apply for a waiver if you have already done work to make your primary business entrance accessible. Apply for a waiver

You must submit a checklist, waiver, or exemption by June 30, 2022.

1

Hire an access professional

Cost:

Varies

Time:

1 to 2 hours

You must hire a licensed architect, licensed engineer, or a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) to work with to complete these steps.

They will fill out the Category Checklist form and help you create a plan to make your entrance accessible.

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2

Evaluate the primary business entrance

Have your access professional conduct an in-person survey of your primary entrance.

If your building has more than 1 public accommodation, with separate entrances, they should check each entrance.

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3

Fill out the Category Checklist form

Have your access professional fill out the Category Checklist Compliance Form for each entrance.

They will choose your entrance’s category. The category will determine if you need to make changes to make it accessible. 

Your access professional must explain any proposed changes on the Category Checklist Compliance form.

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4

Get a Planning review of your plans

Cost:

Free

Time:

1 hour

If you need to make changes to your business entrance, you need a Planning Department review.

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5

Submit the Category Checklist form

Time:

10 minutes

Submit your form online

You must submit this checklist by June 30, 2022.

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6

Make minor changes and resubmit the form

Cost:

Varies by project

Time:

Varies by project

If you can make your entrance accessible with a small, non-structural change, make the change.

After you have made the change, hire the same access professional you worked with before. Have them submit another Category Checklist form showing that your entrance is now a Category 1. 

DBI will mail you a Certificate of Final Completion verifying compliance.

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or

Get permits and make major changes

Cost:

Varies by project

Time:

Varies by project

If your entrance requires more complex, structural changes, you will need building permits. 

Work with your access professional and DBI’s Technical Services Division to get your permits.

You will likely need to fill out a Form 3/8.

In your permit application, state that the permit is “for compliance with the ABE” in your project description.

You do not need to resubmit the Category Checklist form. 

DBI will mail you a Certificate of Final Completion verifying compliance once your permit project is complete.

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Last updated May 19, 2022