Are all newly constructed buildings to which there is public access required by law to be accessible to all persons with disabilities?


Question 3 asks if a national law requires newly constructed buildings and public spaces to be accessible.  A majority of respondees worldwide confirm that such a law exists, but also make severe qualifications about what is happening on the ground.



With a world average of 1.9, this indicator is among the highest in the survey: The big caveat of most of respondents worldwide – including highly developed countries – is that these regulations are more than often ingnored, and no sanctions are in place for the builders of barriers and inaccessibilty.


All new buildings are made wheelchair accessible, however, they are not made accesible for all disabilities, such as people with vision loss.

Only physical accessibility is required by law in Flanders. Sensory disability accessibility has not yet been taken into account in the requirements of the law.

Once these buildings are built and the Building and Construction Authority checks that the premises are code compliant, there is very little follow-up unless there are specific complaints from the public. However, it is not easy to figure out who to address those complaints to.

The law requires that all newly constructed buildings to be in compliance with the means of accessibility for persons with disabilities. However, these rules do not take into consideration needs of all types of disabilities. In addition, nobody is complying with this law.

The authority does not monitor once authorisation is given.

Problems in getting private builders, developers, planners, and many local government councils to follow building access requirements.