The hard deadline of March 15, 2012, for compliance with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design with regard to existing swimming pools, wading pools and spas has been suspended for 60 days.  Attorney General Eric Holder extended the date for compliance with Sections 242 and 1009 of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design until May 15, 2012, according to an official statement from the Department of Justice.  Let your voice be heard.  Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking public comment on whether more time is needed to allow pool owners and operators to comply with the ADA pool lift regulations.  The official statement from the Department of Justice is below:

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder signed a final rule extending the date for compliance with sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design as it relates to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas for a period of 60 days after the publication of the rule in the Federal Register. On that same day, the Attorney General also signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on whether a longer period of time would be appropriate to allow pool owners and operators to meet their compliance obligations. Specifically, the NPRM proposes a 180-day extension of the deadline. Comments on the NPRM will be accepted for 15 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Immediate 60-day Extension of Compliance Date for Existing