Swimming Pools and Spas Questions and Concerns

Can a safety cover that complies with ASTM F 1346 be used with a spa and/or hot tub in lieu of the swimming pool and spa barrier requirements?

Yes, however it is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or user of the spa/hot tub to use the safety cover as intended to properly protect against unsupervised child access.

If I have no children under the age of six living at home am I exempt from the swimming pool and spa barrier requirements?

No. Barriers are required regardless of the age of the occupants (the City does not accept written affidavits regarding age exemptions).

Is a portable and/or inflatable above-ground pool regulated regarding pool barrier requirements?

Yes, unless the pool structure is less than 18 inches in depth.

If a pool barrier is required, is a building permit required to construct it?

Yes, a building permit is required for the construction of all required pool barriers.

I am remodeling and/or adding to my existing residence and my pool barriers are currently not in compliance. Are they required to be brought up to current code?

Yes, as deemed necessary by the Building Official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants.

At what point in time during (pool/spa installation) construction should pool/spa barriers be in place?

Child barriers are required by the building code to be in place before any water is placed in the pool/spa, however, the City highly recommends that the pool/spa barriers be in place at the very start of construction. There are potential child hazards during each phase of (pool/spa installation) construction.

Can portable pool fencing be allowed to satisfy required City pool barrier regulations?

No, pool fencing must be permanently and structurally fastened in place.

To prevent possible suction entrapment, what does the code require? And, any City recommendations?

Suction outlets can be extremely dangerous without proper covers/grates. Therefore, installed covers/grates must comply with the safety provisions of ANSI/APSP-7. City recommends reading the listing and manufacture's specifications on all installed pool/spa components. If in doubt, contact the pool/spa installation contractor for verification of installed entrapment avoidance systems and components.
***Please note: Missing or damaged suction outlet covers/grates must be replaced immediately. Pools/spas should not be used until this is done, therefore it is extremely important to include a visual inspection of these components as part of the pool/spa routine maintenance.

Are vapor-retardant covers required for heated pools and in-ground spas?

Yes, unless the installed pool derives over 70% of its energy for heating from site-recovery energy, such as a heat pump or a solar energy source.