Do I need to have a fence around inground pool?

do i need a fence

If you are looking at installing an in-ground pool, it is important to know all of the different requirements associated with installing a pool. Outside of obtaining the necessary documentation from the local government to proceed with the actual installation, in most places, you also need to set up a fence around the pool. Without the fence, it is not legal to build an in-ground pool, due to safety regulations. The fencing guide is designed to prevent accidental drowning from children, animals and other individuals who are unaware of the installed pool. However, the pool fence and connected pool decking must fit specific requirements in order to be considered an actual, legal pool fence. Without following these direct regulations the homeowner does face the possibility of fines and other legal actions from the county.

When it comes to the pool decking, if it is a public pool the deck must be at least four feet wide and made of slip-resistant and non-abrasive material, flush with the very top of the pool wall and built around the entire pool.

In many places, all pools deeper than 18 inches must have a fence installed around it. The private pools do not have the same requirements in pool decking as the public pools do, but the private pools do have specific measurements that must be followed. The pool fence is known as a pool enclosure. If the homeowner plans on building the enclosure out of masonry over 3.5 feet high an additional permit is required, but if the fence is built out of chain link fencing, cast iron or other material, the added permit is not needed. Please check your local building code for the pool enclosure requirements.

In many places, the pool fence must be at least four feet high. It can be higher but not lower to comply with the regulations from Los Angeles County. There are specific door requirements to the fence also. Doors with direct access from the home to the swimming pool must be equipped with an exit alarm, notifying the homeowner of the door opening. This way, should a child open the door without prior permission the owner is notified through the sounding of the alarm. Entry points coming from a garage to the swimming pool must have a self-closing, self-latching device place at least 54 inches above the floor or the pool must at least be covered with a power safety cover. The homeowner must follow all of these rules.


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