Applicability of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 to Buildings Financed with Federal Funds

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Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 applies only where federal grants or loans are used to finance the design, construction, or alteration of a building, and does not apply where a building is merely leased with federal funds.

While the text and legislative history of the 1968 Act are ambiguous as to whether its applicability depends on actual issuance of standards for design, construction, or alteration, both subsequent amendments to the Act and consistent administrative interpretation—support the conclusion that the Act applies if such standards are authorized under the law authorizing the grant or loan, even if they have not been issued.

Updated July 9, 2014