The deadline for existing pool and spa compliance with sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standard for Accessible Design is January 31, 2013. Pools built or renovated since March 15, 2012, are currently required to meet the ADA requirements but per the Department of Justice final rule published on May 21, 2012, the compliance date for existing pools and spas was extended.

APSP urges facility operators and owners of pools and spas that fall under the requirements to prepare for this upcoming deadline by working with an APSP member company to provide a barrier removal analysis. This is simply an audit of a facility to determine if a) the facility falls under ADA jurisdiction and b) what elements within the facility would need to be modified to provide access for people with disabilities.

For additional information on the ADA requirements for pools and spas, visit the APSP website to access the DOJ’s Technical Assistant Document, the ADA’s 2010 Accessibility Standards, and other online tools including the APSP FAQs and a webinar on ADA requirements. For more information about the ADA as it relates to pools and spas, visit

Original source: APSP News