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DOJ turnabout: Pool lift compliance deadline extended to May 15

15 March 2012

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ADA Defense Lawyer with latest update on pool lift compliance date!

Yesterday, March 14, the Department of Justice declared that it was taking a hard line on the March 15 ADA pool lift compliance date refused any extension of the compliance deadline.

Today, in a significant turnabout, Attorney General Eric Holder signed a final rule extending the compliance deadline on ADA pool lift for 60 days until May 15, 2012.

Official statement from DOJ

Here is the official statement from the Department of Justice ADA website (

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 Pools

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