Accessible pool and spa requirements

Pools, Wading Pools and Spas

The 2010 Standards establish minimum accessibility requirements for swimming pools, wading pools, and spas that are intended to ensure a general level of usability of these elements by individuals with disabilities.

By March 15, 2012, most owners and operators will have to retrofit existing pools and spas with a pool lift or some other means of accessible entry unless it is not readily achievable for
them to do so.

The 2010 Standards contain several requirements for pool lifts, including seat height and width; a footrest and armrest; independent operation; controls and operating mechanisms; and lifting capacity.
The detailed technical requirements for pool lifts are set forth in Section 1009 of the 2010 Standards (


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