On July 23, 2010, the U.S. Attorney General signed into law revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), now the ADA Regulations. Thereafter, on September 15, 2010, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”) were published in the Federal Register. The 2010 Standards affect all U.S. retail stores, shopping centers, hotels, financial institutions, wineries, health clubs, and other properties such as restaurants that are classified as “public accommodations” under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Compliance with the 2010 Standards begins on March 15, 2010, and is required eighteen months after March 15, 2011, or September 15, 2012 for new construction, alterations, and barrier removal. In addition to scoping and technical requirements, the 2010 Standards also clarify the 1991 Standards.

Owners of existing businesses should review their properties, policies, practices and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with the 2010 Standards and retrofit where necessary to meet them. Property developers should ensure that their plans address the 2010 Standards. The new 2010 Standards can be challenging to navigate without counsel. I, among other JMBM attorneys, including Marty Orlick, advise businesses on ADA compliance. We can assist you in the interpretation and application of the 2010 Standards and how they will affect your business