[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Auburn 9-15-2005 by Ord. No. 12-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of this chapter are specifically enacted to further the policy of the City of Auburn to provide that new, single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes which are constructed with public funds, as herein described, be provided with design features to provide accessibility and usability for physically disabled people.
The following regulations shall be applicable to new, single-family dwellings, duplexes and triplexes which receive City, state or federal assistance. For purposes of this chapter, the funding includes: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and federal and state construction funds, and any other public funds.
In addition to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code as referenced in this Code, the following design requirement shall apply:
Applicable dwelling units shall be designed and constructed to have at least one building entrance on an accessible route served by a ramp or a slope, in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, with a maximum slope of 1:12, unless it is impractical due to characteristics of the terrain. This entrance should have an accessible door in accordance with ANSI. Any entrance at the front, side or back of the dwelling is acceptable.
The aforementioned requirement may be waived by the Auburn City Manager or his/her designee by issuing an "Exterior Accessibility Waiver" only in instances of site impracticability. The individual requesting such waiver shall file an application for the waiver, which will include providing proof that the topographical conditions of the building site prevent complying with the above despite proper grading and site preparation to improve accessibility. An independent party shall make verification of the site's impracticability. A good faith attempt must be made on the part of a developer to improve accessibility of the site.
Interior door criteria.
All dwelling units, whether or not on an accessible route, shall be designed in such a manner that the doors be sufficiently wide to allow passage into and within all premises by persons in wheelchairs. Lever hardware is required.
Doors, except those serving closets less than 15 square feet in area, within individual dwelling units intended for user passage must provide a minimum clear opening of 32 inches.
Accessible routes into and through the dwelling unit. An accessible route shall be designed and constructed in such manner that a thirty-six-inch-wide level route, except at doors, must be provided through the main floor of the unit with ramped or beveled changes at the thresholds.
Wall reinforcement in bathrooms. Reinforcement in the walls shall be provided at designated locations as specified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for future grab bar installation.
Light switches, electrical controls, thermostats and other environmental controls. All applicable dwelling units shall be designed and constructed in such a manner that all premises contain light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other controls in accessible locations, no higher than 48 inches and no lower than 16 inches from the floor.
Usable first-floor kitchen with wheelchair maneuvering clearance as set forth by the International Code Council (ICC)/ANSI A117.1 - 1998.
Usable first-floor bathroom with wheelchair maneuvering clearances as set forth in ICC/ANSI A117.1 - 1998.
The provisions of this code shall be incorporated in all City of Auburn contracts for new construction. This chapter shall only apply to newly constructed homes as defined in § 126-2. Conversely, this chapter shall not apply to projects utilizing the Home Repair Assistance Program or other similar programs which give assistance for rehabilitation of existing housing.