Swimming pools, along with spas and hot tubs, are required to have barriers around them.
Pender County’s Planning Director Kyle Breuer says the barrier requirements for swimming pools in Pender adhere to the 2012 North Carolina residential Building Code, Appendix G.
Provisions under that code and appendix refer to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs installed in or on the lot of a one or two-family dwelling and say the barrier requirements and design controls “are intended to provide protection against potential drownings and near-drownings by restricting access” to these amenities.
It indicates that outdoor swimming pools, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa, are to be surrounded by a barrier that is at least 48 inches high. Appropriate barriers, as defined by the code, are a fence, a wall, building wall or a combination of those which completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs access to it. It also indicates that “the maximum vertical clearance” between the ground and the bottom of the barrier is two inches.
Several fine details regarding the type of barriers accepted and the required designs for barriers for indoor and outdoor poools are outlined in this portion of the residential code. Therefore, Breuer recommends residents interested in setting up a pool reach out to his department.
“It’s advised that someone installing a swimming pool contact Pender County Planning & Community Development to obtain guidance regarding barrier installation and any other applicable permits required,” he said.
Pender County’s Community Planning and Community Development can be contacted at 910-259-1202.
Date posted: March 29, 2013
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