Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday (March 15) approved 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 following an aggressive letter writing campaign orchestrated by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and other business groups, according to an ARVC news release.

The Department of Justice is also considering extending the compliance date for six months in order to provide the government additional time to address misunderstandings involving the new ADA requirements. The DOJ will open a 15-day public comment period on the department’s proposal to extend the compliance date for six months following publication of the proposal in the Federal Register.

“This extension wouldn’t have happened without the participation of ARVC members from across the country who contacted their representatives requesting that more time be allotted to them to understand and comply with the proposed pool lift regulations,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO.

ARVC has been working closely with a coalition of several business groups to encourage the federal government to provide more time to businesses to comply with new regulations regarding the provision of accessible entry and exit equipment to provide disabled people with access to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas. Businesses have also been confused by the government’s requirements and have requested greater clarity to guide them in their compliance efforts.

ARVC’s industry partners include the American Hotel & Lodging Association, American Resort Development Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the National Apartment Association, the National Multi Housing Council, The Real Estate Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Water Park Association.

For more information on the ADA requirements and the extension of the compliance deadline by the Department of Justice, visit www.ada.gov.