The provisions of this chapter shall control the design of barriers for residential swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. These design controls are intended to provide protection against potential drownings and near- drownings by restricting access to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.
An outdoor swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa shall be surrounded by a temporary barrier during installation or construction and shall remain in place until a permanent barrier in compliance with Section AG105.3 is provided.
1. Above-ground or on-ground pools where the pool structure is the barrier in compliance with Section AG105.3.
2. Spas or hot tubs with a safety cover which complies with ASTM F 1346, as listed in Section AG107, provided that such safety cover is in place during the period of installation or construction of such hot tub or spa. The temporary removal of a safety cover as required to facilitate the installation or construction of a hot tub or spa during periods when at least one person engaged in the installation or construction is present is permitted.
The top of the temporary barrier shall be at least 48 inches (1219 mm) above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool.
A temporary barrier shall be replaced by a complying permanent barrier within either of the following periods: