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Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities (Title III)

Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations (businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors' offices) and requires newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation—as well as commercial facilities (privately owned, nonresidential facilities such as factories, warehouses, or office buildings)—to comply with the ADA Standards.


Revised Final Title III Rule: A Compilation of Regulatory Provisions and Guidance -- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities | PDF
This document contains the following: (1) supplementary information (the preamble to the revised regulation); (2) the title III regulation updated to reflect the 2010 revisions and the technical corrections (published March 11, 2011) which became effective on March 15, 2011; (3) guidance on the revised regulatory provisions; and (4) guidance on the original 1991 title III regulation.  

28 CFR Part 36 -- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities (Electronic Code of Federal Regulations)


2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design | PDF screen | PDF print
Scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations and for use in removing accessibility barriers in existing places of public accommodation when doing so is readily achievable.

Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design | PDF screen | PDF print
This explanatory information addresses the scoping and technical provisions of the 2010 Standards.


ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business | PDF
An illustrated guide to help small businesses understand the new and updated requirements of the revised ADA regulations.

Revised ADA Requirements: Effective Date and Compliance Date | PDF
This publication sets out several different "compliance dates," dates by which entities covered by the ADA are required to comply with the new or revised provisions of the Department's rules.

Revised ADA Requirements: Accessible Pools - Means of Entry and Exit | PDF
This publication is designed to help title II and title III entities understand how new requirements for swimming pools, especially existing pools, apply to them.

Questions and Answers: Accessibility Requirements for Existing Swimming Pools at Hotels and Other Public Accommodations

Revised ADA Requirements: Ticket Sales | PDF
This publication provides guidance on the Department's new nondiscrimination requirements that apply to selling tickets for assigned seats at events such as concerts, plays, and sporting events.

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals | PDF
This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations.

More Technical Assistance Materials


How to File a Title III Complaint | PDF
This publication details the procedure for filing a complaint under title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination based on disability by businesses and non-profit agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions About Filing an ADA Complaint


Title III Cases and Matters

Title III Technical Assistance Publications (1991 Regulations)