ARDA-backed Coalition Secures Compromise On Pool Lift Requirement

In large part, due to the efforts of an ARDA-backed coalition, the White House issued a 60-day extension that will push the compliance date for the pool lift requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to May 15, 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following statement:

"Requirements for existing swimming pools will be extended for 60 days. The department will also publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with a 15-day comment period on a possible six-month extension in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings regarding compliance with these ADA requirements."

ARDA member companies should proceed forward in complying with the pool lift requirement under the ADA, albeit with a more realistic implementation schedule. Properties featuring pools and spas will still need a means of entry.

Click here to read the Coalition letter, signed and supported by ARDA, to the U.S. Department of Justice.