Barrier-free business

Creating a barrier-free business will be increasingly important as our population ages.

The Nelson / Tasman region has an ageing population. Age carries with it a variety of accessibility issues. People aged 65 years and over will be a growing sector of our population in the years ahead. This means we need to rethink how we deliver goods, services, entertainment, and recreational facilities.

Barrier Free Business checklist 

Barrier Free Business Brochure (pdf, 2 MB)

  • This checklist is developed to support business in the region. 
  • Use this guide to help ‘future proof’ your business so it remains attractive and user-friendly for the changing needs of the population.
  • Note that legislation may mandate requirements around access to your business. Make sure you research what the legal requirements are by checking with your local council, consulting national standards, and searching Building Act requirements.
  • Developing a Barrier Free Business ensures you are ‘open for business’ for people with a variety of accessibility needs, including customers with strollers, sports injuries, and customers with visual and / or hearing impairment. 

Information prepared by the Accessibility for All forum

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