The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and their Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee developed and maintains the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), which is one of five state standards certified and approved by the United States Department of Justice as being equivalent to ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) as it applies to Title III entities covered by the ADA. TAS is the accessibility standard applicable to buildings and facilities constructed within the state.
The Texas Architectural Barriers Act, which is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), requires all construction documents for projects with an estimated construction cost of $50,000 or more to be reviewed for TAS compliance. Plans and specifications for all disciplines must be submitted no later than five days after they are issued.
The law also requires construction projects be inspected for compliance within one year of completion. Failure of the owner to correct violations of non-compliant conditions may result in TDLR imposing administrative penalties, which may be monetary and can be substantial.
TAS may be downloaded from the TDLR Website.