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Swimming Pool and Spa Fencing Requirements

These regulations pertain only to new residential pools (spas, and hot tubs with depth of 18" or more)

Requirements for all pools:

Exterior barriers

5 foot fence or wall is required on exterior of property. This protects outsiders from the hazardous pool, spa and hot tub site.

Gates

  • All gates in a swimming pool barrier/enclosure will be equipped to accommodate a locking device.
  • All pedestrian access gates will open outwards away from the pool.
  • Gates other than pedestrian access gates need not be self-closing or self-latching when they are kept secured by a padlock or similar locking device.
  • Gate latches will be located not less than fifty-four (54) inches above the underlying ground or will otherwise be made inaccessible from the outside to small children.

If latch is less than 54”:

  • The release mechanism will be located on the pool side of the gate at least five (5) inches below the top of the gate.
  • The gate barrier will have no opening greater than 1/2 inch within eighteen (18) inches of the release mechanism.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT CHILDREN
UNDER 7 YEARS OF AGE FROM GAINING ACCESS TO A POOL WHEN NO
SUPERVISION IS AT THE SITE.

Interior Barriers Required

  • A 5-foot fence completely enclosing the pool.

    GATES:
  • All gates in a swimming pool barrier/enclosure will be equipped to accommodate a locking device.
  • All pedestrian access gates will open outwards away from the pool.
  • Gate latches will be located not less than fifty-four (54) inches above the underlying ground.

If latch is less than 54”:

  • The release mechanism will be located on the pool side of the gate at least five (5) inches below the top of the gate.
  • The gate barrier will have no opening greater than 1/2 inch within eighteen (18) inches of the release mechanism.

    Lake front properties and above ground pools have special provisions identified which give equal protection for children. The requirements may be obtained from the Building Development Division.

If an interior fence is not installed, the following requirements must be met:

  • DOORS
    Doors giving direct access to pool must be self-closing, self-latching with the latch located a minimum of fifty-four (54) inches above ground OR they must be equipped with an alarm meeting the audible warning requirements of City Ordinance 07-11, Section 5-3109.4.1.8 (4)
  • WINDOWS
    Emergency escape or rescue windows from sleeping rooms which face within a swimming pool enclosure shall be equipped with a latching device located not less than fifty-four (54) inches above the floor. If latches are less than 54” above the floor, an interior fence will be required.

    Windows which face within a swimming pool enclosure that ARE NOT sleeping rooms shall be equipped with a latching device located not less than fifty-four (54) inches above the floor. As an alternate, a separate latching device shall be located not less than fifty-four (54) inches above the floor that prevents opening the window more than four (4) inches. This alternate latch shall not utilize a thumb turn type mechanism to attach and remove the latch. It shall operate with the use of a tool or keyed lock. These alternate latches will not be allowed on sleeping room windows. As an alternative, non sleeing room windows may be equipped with a wire mesh screen over the openable window area. The wire mesh screen shall be screwed into place from the outside.

    All glazing less than 60” from the water’s edge and less than 60” vertical from grade is to comply with International Residential Code R308 Hazardous Locations. Safety glazing is required in these locations.

    Phone Numbers:
    Building Development Division........... (623)773-7225
    Inspection Request................... (623)773-7220

    Download the Swimming Pool and spa barriers Inspection Checklist