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5 Easy ADA Sign Height & Mounting Tips

5 Easy ADA Sign Mounting Tips to Pass Inspection

Are you about to order new ADA signs for your offices and want to make sure they are mounted at the correct height? We understand ADA sign height and mounting requirements can be confusing. Below are answers to commonly asked questions. For complete details please see our ADA Sign Requirements Guide, which details every federal ADA sign height and ADA sign mounting requirement, exception and allowance.  You can also check out the ADA Standards for Accessible Design for requirements about sign height as well as all other features.

ADA Sign Mounting PegsDoes the ADA Require Signs?

Yes, the ADA requires signs. Details such as what they must look like and where they should be hung are available are all detailed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

It is important for building managers and owners to properly mount ADA signs to ensure compliance with section 703.4 of the Standards and avoid fines or lawsuits.  Additionally, hanging ADA signs throughout your facility at he correct height and in the right way benefits everyone.  When signs are consistently positioned, it is easier for everyone to read them and navigate. 

 Read the below ADA Sign Mounting FAQs and review Green Dot Sign’s ADA Sign Requirements Guide to ensure ADA mounting compliance and that signage in your facility meets regulations. Also, note that in California, sign mounting guidance varies from federal regulations.

What is the Required ADA Sign Height?

ADA sign height must be  between 48 and 60 inches measured to the baseline of raised lettering, as specified in section 703.4.1 Height Above Finish Floor or Ground.

Tactile characters on signs shall be located 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground surface, measured from the baseline of the lowest tactile character and 60 inches (1525 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground surface, measured from the baseline of the highest tactile character. 

 The 12 inch range of allowable hanging height, between 48 inches and 60 inches, allows signs of varied size to be consistently hung on the same visual line along a wall. Often it works well to hang all signs 54” from the floor to the bottom of all room signs.  With a tape measure and attention to detail, ADA sign mounting per regulations is easy!

By requiring a narrow range of ADA sign height and locations, it makes it so anyone who needs the signs to navigate knows where to look or feel for signs, anywhere in the country.  The height range is also accessible for folks in wheel chairs or who can walk around.

Note that section 703.4.1 mounting height guidelines do not apply to elevator car controls.

What Locations Require ADA Signs?

 Tactile ADA signs are required to mark every permanent room or space.  They are almost always positioned at doorways, as doors mark the point of entry into a permanent building space or area that requires identification.  There are many 

 A key portion of section 703.4.2 Location explains the two location components that apply to most ADA signs.

Where a tactile sign is provided at a door, the sign shall be located alongside the door at the latch side. Signs containing tactile characters shall be located so that a clear floor space of 18 inches (455 mm) minimum by 18 inches (455 mm) minimum, centered on the tactile characters, is provided beyond the arc of any door swing between the closed position and 45 degree open position.

The below graphic illustrates standard ADA sign mounting; door latch side, 48″ – 60″ height, and 18 inch by 18 inch location requirements.

ADA sign height and location diagram

Are there ADA Sign Mounting Guidelines and Exceptions?

Yes, because buildings and doorways vary, the ADA Standards include guidance for where to mount signs at double doors and where to hang signs when there is not space. 

In section 703.4.2 Location of the ADA Standards three specific situations are explained:

  • Where a tactile sign is provided at double doors with one active leaf, the sign shall be located on the inactive leaf. 
  • Where a tactile sign is provided at double doors with two active leafs, the sign shall be located to the right of the right hand door. 
  • Where there is no wall space at the latch side of a single door or at the right side of double doors, signs shall be located on the nearest adjacent wall. 

ADA Sign Requirements & Allowancesdiagram showing how ADA signs may be hung for double doors

Can I Hang an ADA Sign on a Door?

In exceptional cases, yes, a sign may be centered on door instead of a wall.  Section 703.4.2 permits ADA sign mounting on the push side of a door. All three of the criteria below must be met in order for door mount ADA sign to be compliant.  In practice, almost all signs qualifying for this criteria are restrooms and locker rooms.  

  1. The sign is on the push side of door
  2. The door closes automatically
  3. Door does not have a hold-open device

Note the ADA sign height stays the same as wall mounted signs.

diagram illustrating how and when an ADA may be hung on a door

California has state-specific guidelines for mounting restroom signs on doors and adjacent walls.  More details on exceptions can be found in our complete ADA sign requirements page. 

ADA sign mounting with tape and siliconeHow Should an ADA Sign be Mounted to a Wall or Door?

Tape & silicone is the most common way to hang ADA signs and is fast, as well as effective for most wall surfaces.  

The Green Dot Sign® preferred approach to mounting ADA signs is via four wood pegs.  This method not only reduces plastic production and use, but is the most secure. Signs are shipped with the pegs glued into holes made on the back of the sign blank. Customers then use Green Dot Sign’s provided pattern to drill four holes into their wall. 

Silicone or eco-friendly caulking compound is applied to the holes and sign back to ensure a strong, long-term hold.  

We work with experienced clients that insist upon mounting signs via pegs.  They have found that adhesives such as foam tape do not withstand vandalism and other risks associated with long-term use.

For those who need to quickly install signs or don’t want to use power tools, the best option is to use silicone in conjunction with the sign manufacturer provided adhesive.  Green Dot Sign® orders with foam tape will receive signage with the tape secured to the back of their signs. Simply make a circle of silicone on the back of your sign, then remove the backing from the tape, and firmly stick your sign to the wall.

For additional ADA sign height and mounting tips review our Installation Guide and blog post, How to Install ADA Signs Like A Pro.  

About Green Dot Sign®

Green Dot Sign® is a nationwide provider of sustainable signs, focusing on ADA signs and related products.  We work closely with brands and AECO professionals to make every project a success.  Each Green Dot Sign® reduces plastic by by about 250 grams using our patent-pending 3D printing, rather then traditional reductive manufacturing methods.  Over 10,000 SKUs of the most common ADA signs are available for purchase on our site as well as Amazon, but most of our orders are custom ADA signage.

Green Dot Sign® also offer design and consulting services related to ADA signage and wayfinding sign systems.