Regulatory Reform

NMMA Government Relations

To remain competitive, a business must anticipate and prepare for new regulations before they are imposed. NMMA Regulatory Affairs Department works to keep the marine industry ahead of the curve and abreast of potential new rules, ensuring that our industry’s voice is heard and heeded while helping businesses make sense of it all. Below is a wealth of information on regulatory issues of interest to the boating industry.

For more information, contact Cindy Squires, Chief Counsel for Public Affairs & Director of Regulatory Affairs, at 202-737-9766 or

Resources & Information   Transportation Task Force/ Trailers   U.S. Coast Guard    
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration   U.S. National Park Service   U.S. Forest Service    
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service   U.S. Bureau of Reclamation   U.S. Bureau of Land Management    
California Regional Water Quality Control Board   Invasive Species   Boat Permitting, CWA & Best Practices    
Trade and Customs   Consumer Product Safety Commission   Vessel Hull Design Protection Act    
Amicus Program   Small Business Adminstration (SBA)   Marine Sanitation Device Standards    
Gulf Coast Oil Spill   U.S. Department of Labor        
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency   Americans with Disabilities Act / Access Board   National Transportation Safety Board    

  • NMMA Comments on Proposed rule for ADA rule to protect against discrimination by passenger vessel op [PDF - 224.81 Kb]

    NMMA comments to the U.S. Deparment of Transportation on its proposal to establish new anti-discrimination rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act for vessel operators.

  • NMMA Testimony on Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines [PDF - 79.47 Kb]

    On July 25, 2005, NMMA testified regarding a proposed rule to develop guidelines which address accessibility under the American with Disabilities Act to and within newly constructed or altered passenger vessels.

  • NMMA/NMCA Request to Extend Comment Period for ADA Rulemaking [PDF - 58.41 Kb]

    NMMA and the National Marine Charter Association on Jan. 26 sent a letter to the Dept. of Transportation request a 90-day extension of the comment period for its ANPRM on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Passenger Vessels.

  • Proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Vessel Standards [PDF - 180.98 Kb]

    The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board is developing Passenger Vessel Accessibility Guidelines to establish the standards for vessels under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Vessel Standards: Industry Input Needed [DOC - 426.5 Kb]

    The Access Board is developing Passenger Vessel Accessibility Guidelines to establish the standards for vessels under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department of Transportation will adopt these guidelines as its minimum standards in regulations requiring nondiscrimination and accessibility in passenger vessel service. These proposed standards would apply to all kinds of passenger vessels including charter boats and potentially boat rentals or bareboat charters. NMMA is seeking information from its members so it can be a strong advocate for the industry on these new requirements.

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