Ohio Fair Housing Act Design Manual

Ohio Fair Housing Act Design Manual Adoption Info

Effective Dates Ongoing (refer to specific updates and versions for current application)

Adopts with Amendments Fair Housing Act Design Manual by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Overview The Fair Housing Act Design Manual, developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides guidelines and requirements to ensure that multifamily housing meets the accessibility and design standards mandated by the Fair Housing Act. The manual covers various aspects of design and construction to ensure that housing is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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The Ohio Fair Housing Act Design Manual is based on the HUD Fair Housing Act Design Manual with Ohio-specific amendments. This manual sets the minimum standards for the design and construction of accessible multifamily housing within the state of Ohio. The Ohio-specific amendments include additional provisions tailored to the unique requirements and conditions in Ohio, ensuring compliance with both federal and state regulations for fair housing.

Key Areas Covered:

  • Accessible building entrances on an accessible route
  • Accessible and usable public and common-use areas
  • Usable doors (usable by a person in a wheelchair)
  • Accessible route into and through the covered dwelling unit
  • Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations
  • Reinforced walls for grab bars
  • Usable kitchens and bathrooms