In general, the codes for handicap ramps are all based on the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Some of the major requirements are:
• No steeper than 1" per foot.
• Railings are required.
• Minimum width of 36" between railings.
• Minimum dimensions of 5' x 5' when you turn a corner.
• Maximum length of 30' for each ramp section.
• Ramps longer than 30'
require a level resting area every 30' or less.
In general, if you follow the ADA's requirements, you can avoid being sued
by a disabled person for non-accessibility. If you are dealing with a family member
and you desire a steeper ramp, then that is your choice. Of course, you may be accepting
some liability if you do not build by the codes. We recommend first going to your local
building codes officer to see if he can provide any guidance.