Fencing Around Your Pool: What You Need to Know

Make sure you know the regulations in place regarding your home pool!
Shelby Robinson
Shelby Robinson
Last Update:
August 16, 2022

It's almost summer! That means more time spent outside enjoying your yard.

Whether you're looking to install a new pool or are ready for a new fence around an existing pool, there are some important things to keep in mind about California fence laws.

Safety Requirement Background

California has certain regulations in place that exist to maintain the safety of swimming pools in residential areas. It's important to follow these closely to avoid the possibility of accidental injury or drowning associated with your pool.

Every pool in California over 18" deep needs a fence around it, per the California Safety Code. As defined in the "Swimming Pool Safety Act" of the code, "Swimming pool or pool means any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 18 inches deep. "Swimming pool" includes in-ground and above ground structures and includes, but is not limited to, hot tubs, spas, portable spas, and nonportable wading pools."

Pool Fence Specifications

Per the Act, pools or spas built or remodeled after January 1st, 2018 in California must have a fence or enclosure around them that meets all of these requirements:  

In addition to a fence that meets the above requirements, the pool must be equipped with at least two of the following safety features:

Different localities may also have specific pool fence ordinances that are used, so always be sure to check your local and HOA regulations.

Keep in mind that the pool safety laws in California also require home inspectors to examine pools and spas and record details about the safety features before a home is sold.

A backyard pool can be a great oasis for you and your family this summer; just remember to keep everything up to code so everyone can enjoy your pool safely!

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