TAS 2012 was adopted!

Posted on - Friday, December 9th, 2011

The final draft of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) (2.7MB PDF) was approved for adoption by the Commission on November 1, 2011; however, the revised standards will not become effective until March 15, 2012. Until that time, compliance with the 1994 Texas Accessibility Standards is required.

Compliance with the 2012 TAS will be required on all buildings and facilities subject to Chapter 469.003 when:

– the construction project is registered with the Department on or after March 15, 2012 ; or
– the application for a building permit is issued by a state, county, or local government on or after March 15, 2012; or
– the commencement of construction begins on or after March 15, 2012.

This means that if your process began at any point before March 15, 2012 it can still be designed per the 1994 TAS.  So if you get a permit in February but you won’t start construction until after March, you are required to follow the Standards you were under at the time of permit.   Make sure that if you are in the design process and your project could either get registered, permitted or built after March 15th that you begin designing per the new Standards.  If you