ADA Q&A - Pool Lifts

Attorney General signed the final revisions to the Department's ADA regulations on July 23, 2010. But what does this mean for you?

Answers To Your ADA Questions.

Q: Does my pool need a pool lift?
A: Any commercial pool with 300 linear feet or more needs two means of access. Any commercial pool with less than 300 linear feet needs one access point.

Q: What is a commercial pool?
A: Any pool that is open to the public at any time, receives government funding, or receives revenue from the pool such as membership dues.

Q: What is a point of access?
A: A point of access MUST be either a pool lift or sloped entry

Q; Does my spa, wave action pool, leisure river, wading pool or sand bottom pool need a pool lift?
A: They all need one access point. A wading pool must have a sloped entry. A spa must have a pool lift, transfer wall or transfer system.

Q: How do I know if my pool lift is ADA compliant>
A: Here are some basics to check on your lift.

  1. Lift must have a capacity of 300 lbs or more.
  2. Lift must have a solid seat and a footrest. Sling seat styles are not compliant and should be replaced.
  3. Lift must be self operable from the deck and water. A lift with manual rotate or hand crank is not compliant and should be replaced.

There are also specific requirements for clear deck space and water depths. Contact Pool Builder's Warehouse at 1-888-246-3914 for more information. Always check your local codes for any additional requirements.

Law goes into effect March 15, 2011.