Provincial ‘blue zone’ parking fine now $400 to $700
Changes to regulations now in effect; more to come
These changes involve the need for one in 10 apartment building units to be fully accessible, for example, versus one in 15. There must be barrier-free (typically lower) counters wherever the public is served, larger accessible toilet stalls, broader turnstiles, power doors beyond just the main entrances for buildings larger than 500 square metres, and a change in the height and number of grab `bars. There is also a new gradient for access ramps.
Anyone uncertain as to what may or may not apply to their own property is encouraged to contact Service NL.
The broader Buildings Accessibility Act as a whole has been in place since 1981, and advocates continue to call for a more in-depth review and replacement of the entire act.
Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh has committed to that review, but there is no clear indication yet of when exactly a replacement of the act might come.