|New Accessibility Code in Effect July 1, 2004|
The New City of Chicago Building Code accessibility guidelines went into effect on July 1, 2004. These guidelines require a certain percentage of the total number of housing units in a development to be adaptable and visitable. The new requirement allows residential units to be modified for accessibility without major structural changes as well as providing for minimal accessibility housing features for disabled people visiting the homes of others.
The new code requirements apply to privately owned, government owned and subsidized developments, including single family homes, townhomes, 2-flats and 3-flats. The measure was approved in October 2003 by the City Council and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) has sponsored several training seminars before the July 1 effective date.