3-9-93 DJ 202-PL-476 MAR 1 0 1993 (b)(6) Salem, Virginia 24153 Dear XX Thank you for your recent letter in which you requested information regarding fire alarm system requirements under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities that are subject to the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA accessibility standards. However, this technical assistance does not constitute a legal interpretation of the application of the statute and it is not binding on the Department. The ADA's requirements for public accommodations and commercial facilities generally became effective on January 26, 1992. Further discussion of the ADA's effective dates may be found in sections III-5.1000, III-6.1000, and III-8.8000 of the enclosed ADA Title III Technical Assistance Manual at pages 43, 48, and 67, respectively. The ADA requires that visual alarms be provided in existing places of public accommodation that have alarm systems if it is readily achievable. For further discussion of this requirement, please consult section III-4.4000 of the enclosed Manual at pages 28-35. In newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation and commercial facilities, alarm systems must meet the standards specified in section 4.28 of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which may be found on page 35,658 of the enclosed Department of Justice ADA Title III Regulation. While the ADA does not require installation of fire alarms, if your local jurisdiction requires fire alarms in a specific

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01-01941 -2building, you must install them in accordance with the enclosed regulation. Title III of the ADA is enforced by the Department of Justice. State and local officials are responsible for enforcing local building codes, but are not authorized to enforce the ADA on behalf of the Federal Government. For further information on enforcement and the relationship of the ADA to local codes, please consult sections III-8.0000 and III-9.2000 of the enclosed Manual at pages 64-67 and 68-69, respectively. We hope this information is helpful to you. Sincerely,

Philip L. Breen Special Legal Counsel Public Access Section Enclosures Title III Regulations Title III Technical Assistance Manual

01-01942 January 4, 1993

A.D.A. U.S. Dept. of Justice P.O. Box 66118 Washington, D.C. 20035-6118 To Whom It May Concern,

(b)(6) Salem, VA 24153

I presently install fire alarm systems in various types of buildings including nursing homes under construction and existing. It has come to my attention that in 1994 the American Disabilities Act will go into effect with new guidelines for existing and new construction or alterations of nursing homes pertaining to fire alarm systems. I need to find out how to obtain proper information on the new laws as well as to the dates that they will go into effect. I also need to know what structures will be effected or will "grandfather" into conformance and not have to upgrade. It would also be helpful to know exactly what jurisdiction that the inspections of life saftey programs (fire alarm system) fall under, as in Local, State or Federal Governments. I am in urgent need of your response and it will be greatly

appreciated. Sincerely, (b)(6)