Laws & Regulations

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications. For more information, visit the ADA.gov homepage.

Building Access Survey

MSCOD Building Access Survey (Word)
This survey book highlights the code requirements of the Accessibility Chapter of the Minnesota State Building Code.  It is designed to be used as an independent tool to determine the level of accessibility of an existing commercial building.

Building Access Short Survey (Word)
The Building Access Short Survey identifies the most common areas of a public accommodation that might require readily achievable barrier removal. Please consult the full Building Access Survey on this website for access information not covered by the Short Survey.

Disability Parking Laws

Minnesota’s disability parking laws and procedures make businesses and public buildings more accessible to people with mobility disabilities.  For more information on the disability parking laws, see the following Minnesota statutes:

169.345 PARKING PRIVILEGE FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED

169.346 DISABILITY PARKING AREAS; CRITERIA, ENFORCEMENT

168.021 PLATES FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED PERSONS

Learn more about Disability Parking

Human Rights Act

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA).

Minnesota Human Rights Act