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    Fencing swimming pools

    Tell me about your requirements for fencing of swimming pools...above ground, in-ground, size of pool, depth of pool, height of fence....

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    As addressed in our zoning code:
    SWIMMING POOL -- A structure, either permanent or temporarily designed, for the purpose of wading or swimming and holding more than 100 gallons of water.

    All private swimming pools shall be enclosed by a permanent fence of durable material at least four feet in height.

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    Quote Originally posted by jmf
    Tell me about your requirements for fencing of swimming pools...above ground, in-ground, size of pool, depth of pool, height of fence....

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    Check the national building code, it is covered in great detail there. Technically, you don't require anything else.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    From my fair city's ZO -

    "A six foot impassable fence shall surround all swimming pools, all accessories thereto, and all entries thereto. Swimming pools shall include but are not necessarily limited to pools over two feet in depth at any point.
    Swimming pools shall not include lakes."
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    Fencing requirements for swimming pools here are covered under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 (which is apparently under review). Details here: http://www.upperhuttcity.com/Council...ncingPools.asp

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    This is a building code issue. Leave it to them.
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    Our zoning ordinance specifically says that swimming pool fences regulations are established by the building code.

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    Building code...

    I think the building code should provide ample fencing requirements for safety and access control. Personally, I wouldn't spend a lot of time getting fancy with minimum pool fencing standards... there are bigger battles to fight.

    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    This is a building code issue. Leave it to them.

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    Quote Originally posted by donk
    Check the national building code, it is covered in great detail there. Technically, you don't require anything else.
    Can you give me the reference in the NBC - our building inspector isn't sure it is covered.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally posted by jmf
    Can you give me the reference in the NBC - our building inspector isn't sure it is covered.

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    We don't do building permits in my office, so I don't have a copy available to me. I'll drop a friend an email and get back to you.

    I am nearly positive it is covered, as we argued this out with the province before i left.
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    It's in the 2003 International Building Code. Here's a link to a city in Alabama that has it in pdf format: http://www.vestaviahills.net/City_De...ION%203109.pdf

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    Our state has more stringent requirements than the Building Codes, outlined in the statutes. You may want to check your statutes, as well.

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    Quote Originally posted by dankrzyz
    I think the building code should provide ample fencing requirements for safety and access control. Personally, I wouldn't spend a lot of time getting fancy with minimum pool fencing standards... there are bigger battles to fight.
    I know our town thinks the pool fencing issue is one of the "bigger battles" since it seems more and more parents are sadly negligent in watching their children around water. Because of the number of drownings ZO's are being re-vamped to essentailly protect people from their own stuipidity. Ours is six feet of fence with self-closing/latching gates. If it's view fencing it gets more in-depth.
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    Best Practices.

    Quote Originally posted by Habanero
    Ours is six feet of fence with self-closing/latching gates. If it's view fencing it gets more in-depth.
    I'm curious to see this cutting edge "Best Practices in Pool Fence Standards". It certainly is a noteworthy public safety issue. Have a link to your standards?

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    In my research over the past few days, I have found that Australia has very strict requirements for pool fencing and have recently introduced legislation which addresses fencing older pools. Each state has its own legislation. Some of the links I found are:

    http://www.dhw.wa.gov.au/Files/RulesforPools3-11a.pdf

    http://www.poolfencing.qld.gov.au/pu...nes.pdf#page=6

    http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/...nd/edmond.html

    Perhaps our friends down under could tell us a bit more.

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