ADA Requirements for Private Residence Elevators

A case study question in the practice exam states the following:

The three-level residence requires an ADA-compliant passenger elevator. The architect should understand the elevator requirements to accommodate the client’s parent, who uses a wheelchair.

Which of the following is required? Check the three that apply.

(bolded items below are identified as correct per the exam question solution)

1. Elevator Call buttons shall be raised or flush
2. Door Sensors – Door sensors must re-open the elevator doors without making contact with the obstructing object or person.
3. Elevator doors shall be horizontal sliding or car gate type.
4. Floor Levels - Audible signals shall sound once for the up direction and once for the down direction
5. Emergency control buttons shall have their centerlines 40 inches minimum above the finish floor.
6. Elevator cars shall provide a clear width 36 inches (915 mm) minimum and a clear depth 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum.

Why is number 3 not one of the correct answers? Is it because Elevator Section 407.3.1 supersedes section 409.3? Section 409 Private Residence Elevators under 409.3 states:

ADA Sect 409.3 Elevator Doors

Thank you in advance!

I had trouble with this same question, it doesn’t make sense, the code is clear. There was another one along these lines that talked about elevator depth which like this one, I had no clue how to answer since the options provided where not consistent with any of the material in the ADA.


Hi @emoreno and welcome to the ARE Community! Let’s see if one of our expert architects can help clarify this question. @coachchrishopstock do you mind jumping in?

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