Design for Life Cville

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Certification and Permit Fee Refund Program for Accessible Housing

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Design for Life Guidelines (PDF)

The Design for Life Cville guidelines for visit-ability and live-ability incorporate design features such as a no step entrance, making it easier and safer to bring in a baby stroller, move in large furniture, accommodate a person living with a temporary or permanent disability, accommodate friends or relatives who have mobility limitations, and ultimately will help people age in place.

Unique Features of the Design for Life Cville Program

  • One program with two optional standards of accessibility.
    Voluntary.
  • Targets new construction and renovation of existing homes.*
  • Successful informal partnership of City, building/business community, and advocates.
  • Administered by the City as part of the regular permitting process, not a special process.
  • Upon certification the City will refund 25% of permit fees  for Visit-Ability or 50% of permit fees for Live-Ability.
  • City Zoning Text Amendment provides, by right, the use of setback areas for access as an element of the full program.

Level 1: Visit-Ability

Visit-Able home is a residence that has the following features:

  1. At least one building entrance on an accessible route; and
  2. An accessible interior route connecting to at least one usable powder room or bathroom.

Level 2: Live-Ability

A Live-Able home is a residence that has the following features:

  1. At least one building entrance on an accessible route;
  2. An accessible interior route connecting to at least one usable bedroom;
  3. An accessible interior route connecting to at least one usable full bath;
  4. An accessible interior route connecting to an accessible kitchen; and
  5. Accessible controls and switching in all accessible interior routes and required usable spaces.