Installing a swimming pool is a common addition to many homes. But always remember, SAFETY FIRST and follow all codes and guidelines outlined below.
Private and public pools apply to any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading that has the capability of holding water over 24 inches or more in depth. This includes in-ground, above –ground and on-ground pools; hot tubs; spas and fixed in-place wading pools. A full permit package with approved fencing, and if installing an above-ground pool a ladder enclosure, is required prior to installing a swimming pool. For in-ground pools three signed and sealed detailed plans are required. Signed and sealed diving board specifications are required if on your plan. For above-ground pool a copy of the pool specifications are also required. A copy of your property survey must be included and pool must meet side set backs.
Relevant subcodes for permit:
Commercial pools requirements are the same as private pools insofar as they must also include a yearly health inspection by our Environmental Health Officer and an inspection by the Electrical
Inspector for the pool’s yearly electrical bonding and grounding Certificate of Compliance. In addition, every five years an Electrical Bonding Certificate is required for commercial
Definition of a Barrier is: A fence, a wall, a building wall, the wall of an above ground swimming pool, or a combination thereof, which completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs
access to the swimming pool.
The requirements for a public swimming pool enclosure are in 5:23 – 3.14 of the UCC and are as follows:
The requirements for a private swimming pool enclosures and gates are in Section 5:23 -3.14 of the UCC are as follows:
A barrier constructed of horizontal and vertical members where: (Where the horizontal members are less than 45 inches apart)
Gates are required to have the following:
Release mechanisms less than 54 inches above the ground are required to be as follows:
When the above-ground pool used as the barrier, or when the barrier is mounted above the pool structure, the barrier is required to extend around the entire fixed or removable ladder, or steps. A removable ladder shall not constitute an acceptable alternative to enclosure requirements.
The formal interpretations on swimming pools are as follows: