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​​​​​​​​​Accessibility Advisory Board:
Accessibility Variances / Appeals / Extensions of Time

Under the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry has sole authority to grant accessibility variances, extensions of time and to hear appeals of code officials' accessibility decisions. This authority relates to all construction projects in Pennsylvania, regardless of who has authority to administer and enforce the requirements of the UCC.

Applications for variances, requests for extension of time and appeals of code officials' decisions on accessibility issues are reviewed by the Accessibility Advisory Board (AAB) which then advises the Secretary as to the appropriate response.

Filing a Petition with the AAB

To make an application, please submit all of the following:

    1. A copy of the Department's ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY BOARD PETITION (UCC-1A)
    2. All the additional information requested on this form.
    3. A check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Click here for fee schedule. If applicable, a petitioner may request an expedited review. If the petitioner requests an expedited review, please check the “EXPEDITED REVIEW” box located at the top of the appropriate form. An expedited review will require an additional fee payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Complete applications requesting an expedited review will be reviewed by a plans reviewer within 7 days of receipt of the application and fee. If the reviewer feels the petition materials are sufficient, it will then be presented to and voted upon by the Accessibility Advisory Board at the next scheduled Accessibility Advisory Board meeting. Any petitions submitted for the next Accessibility Advisory Board meeting must be received, reviewed by a plans reviewer and submitted back to the Accessibility Advisory Board office by 10:00 a.m the business day before the scheduled meeting.
    4. One (1) set of assembled and bound drawings on paper sized at a minimum of 18 in. x 24 in. and drawn to an acceptable architectural scale (preferably ¼ in. = 1 ft.). No architectural seal is required on these plans.

The completed application, other required information, your payment and drawings should be mailed to:

Accessibility Advisory Board
Department of Labor & Industry
651 Boas Street, Room 1600
Harrisburg, PA 17121

When the Board receives a petition, it is logged in, and the applicant is informed of the receipt of this petition. Applicants are also advised as to when the Board should be able to act upon the request. The Board endeavors to act upon complete submissions within 60 days.

If staff review determines that a submission is deficient (i.e., lacks drawings, required fee or other information), a letter will be sent to the applicant requesting the missing items. If these items are not provided within ten (10) business days, the petition will be returned to the petitioner.

The Board's reviewer will review properly completed petitions and determine if the Board can handle the request as a direct action or whether a personal hearing must be scheduled.

Should a personal hearing be necessary, the applicant will be notified in writing of the date, time and location of the hearing. Otherwise, the petition will be presented to the Board for direct action at a regularly scheduled meeting.

After the Board meets, it advises the Secretary of its recommendations. The Secretary's representative renders a decision on the petition. Letters are sent to the petitioner and, when the Department does not have UCC jurisdiction, to the municipality that has opted to administer and enforce the UCC.

AAB Meeting Dates

The AAB generally meets once a month, beginning at 9:00 AM.

2024 Meeting Agendas:

For the most up-to-date agenda and/or phone number to attend the meeting, please email

Upcoming Meeting Schedule: 

* Special Meeting: January 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM, via Teams - specifically for file number 550497, 3138 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

September 21, 2023 October 19, 2023
November 16, 2023
December 21, 2023
January 18, 2024
February 15, 2024
​March 21, 2024
April 18, 2024
May 16, 2024
June 20, 2024
July 18, 2024
August 15, 2024
September 19, 2024October 17, 2024November 21, 2024December 19, 2024


UCC Accessibility Requirements

The technical code requirements pertaining to building accessibility that are currently enforced in Pennsylvania are found primarily in: Chapter 11 of the International Building Code 2018 (depending on which version is applicable); Appendix E of the International Building Code 2018 (depending on which version is applicable); and in the ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Standard.

Please note that the Department and all municipalities that have elected to administer and enforce the UCC (and who have code officials certified as Accessibility Inspectors/Plans Examiners) enforce building code requirements related to accessibility, not the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines). The latter is a civil rights law that is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Further Information

Questions about accessibility petitions should be directed to 717-787-3329. If you have a question regarding accessibility code requirements, call 717-787-3806, and select option 1 and then option 3. Ask to speak with one of our Plans Examiners.