Fencing Laws/Building Codes in Long Island, NY

The Uniform code Requirements

New and reshaped swimming pools, toddler pools and spas must be isolated from the home by one of the following methods:

  • Enclosure: An authorized fencing or barriers to separate the pool from the house; or, Removable Mesh Fencing: The pool shall incorporate removable mesh pool fencing that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Specifications F-2286 standards in conjunction with a self-closing and self-latching which can accommodate a key lockable device.
  • Safety Cover: The swimming pool shall be covered with an approved safety pool cover that meets all requirements of the ASTM Specifications F-1346.
  • Swimming Pool Alarms: Swimming pool alarms that, when are in place in pools, will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized access into the water. These pool alarms shall meet and be certified to the ASTM Standard F 2208 by an independant Laboratory "Standards Specification for Pool Alarms" which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared type alarms.

For detailed information on New York's pool fencing laws, please visit New York's Division of Enforcement and Administration's current requirements.


Public Swimming Pools

The Public swimming pools in New York must be VGB Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act compliant.

Signed by the U.S. President Bush on December 2007, the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SSAct) has been in effect since December 19, 2008. This code is designed to prevent swimming pool accidents.

The VGB Act established U.S. CPSC standards for pool and spa insurance. Under the law, every drain cover must meet ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 in all public pools and spas. The water facilities which have only one main drain different than an unblockable drain must establish a 2nd device to contend for entrapments.

The fabrication, the trade or retail of drain covers which are not in conformity with the safety measures required by the CPSC is prohibited in USA to ensure that all drain covers accessible in the marketplace are compliant with safety specifications.

Each public pool must set up anti-entrapment drain covers and implement other levels of security such as SVRS or barriers.

A pool contractor should verify that the pool and/or spa is compliant with the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

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