The information contained on this page is a general overview of swimming
pool codes and may not apply to your local codes. Please, before ordering, check
your local laws and regulations as they may vary from the B.O.C.A. or I.B.C. standards.|
Aluminum Fences Direct cannot be held responsible if the fence you order does not meet your local codes.
The most important codes are these:
• The fence must be at least 48" tall
• The minimum distance between the bottom rail and the next existing horizontal rail
must be at least 45". So most 3-horizontal rail fence styles must be either
54" Drop Rail ( No pickets extending below the bottom rail ) or 60" depending
if there are spears above the top rail.
• The spacing between pickets must be less than 4"
• The space between the bottom rail and the ground must be 2" measured on
the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool.
• The gate(s) must be self-closing, self-latching (The opening mechanism
of the latch must be at least 54" above ground.) And all gates, that are
accessible to the pool area, MUST open out, away from the pool area.
Please keep in mind when installing your fence, that any objects within 48"of the fence, on the outside of the fence (ex. Pool pumps, deck piers, lights, large rocks, retaining walls etc.), could technically be used as a “stepping-stone” making it easily accessible to your pool area. These codes are in place with the frame of mind to keep people from “getting-in” to the pool area, not “getting-out”. So you are always safer to enclose the objects in the fenced in portion of the yard.
BOCA Pool Code
What aluminum fences meet the BOCA code for swimming pool enclosures?
Here are the heights and styles of fence that meet building code requirements for fences that need to have less than 4” between pickets and 45” between rails, or less than 1 ¾” between pickets with any railing spacing:
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