What you need to know about New York City’s ADA Compliance Policy

Perry Hiiman
June 18, 2019
What you need to know about New York City’s ADA Compliance Policy


This policy states that all new development and renovated homes must be accessible to people with disabilities; Published by Department of Justice (DOJ) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in September 2010. If you are thinking of renovating either your bathroom or kitchen in Manhattan, it will be to your benefit knowing the ADA Compliance Policy. Questions of this policy have been coming up more often lately. This post will inform you of what you need to know as a homeowner looking to renovate in Manhattan.

NYC ADA Compliance Policy: Clear doorway width and depth, Wheelchair turning space

ADA Compliance Policy

  • What does it mean?

Compliance promotes access for people with disabilities in new developments and newly renovated spaces. Adaptability, the capability of specific building spaces and elements, such as kitchen counters, sinks, and grab bars, to be altered or added to accommodate the needs of persons with and without disabilities, or to accommodate the needs of persons with different types or degrees of disability.

  • ADA Clearance

ADA clearance is the minimum spacing and height for things such as doorways, light switches, toilet height and position, sink clearance, etc.

  • How would it affect my next Manhattan renovation?

Any new or significant renovation construction (gut/to the studs) will require ADA compliance.

  • Is there any way around this policy?

This is a grey area; NYC would greatly appreciate all places becoming ADA compliant. If your building was built before 1987, you might have an excellent chance not to have to comply with this policy, however, you would need to clarify with the building’s architect.

  • Would this affect my resale value?

ADA compliance is becoming the standard for all bathrooms. In older buildings, it would help your resale value.

If you have any additional questions in regards to this topic, we encourage you to contact us at info@nykb.com, call our showroom at 212-242-3400 or better yet come see our 5,000 sq ft showroom in the flat iron district, 8 W 25thSt, New York, NY 10010. We have an expert on staff who is willing to inform you on what you need to know when moving forward in renovating your Manhattan apartment.

The goal of renovation and remodeling is to ensure satisfaction upon completion of your project. Construction can be very frustrating, and without a professional contractor, things can go wrong.

About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhatten, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.
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