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August 18, 2023

Florida Building Code: Pool Barrier Requirements

Florida Building Code: Pool Barrier Requirements

The Florida Building Code (FBC) establishes specific requirements for swimming pool barriers to ensure safety. Here are some key requirements:

  1. Enclosure:

    Pools must be enclosed by a barrier that completely separates the pool area from the surrounding property.

  2. Height:

    The barrier must be at least 48 inches (4 feet) in height.

  3. Gates:

    Any gates within the barrier must be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be positioned at least 54 inches above the ground.

  4. Openings:

    Openings in the barrier should be small enough to prevent the passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.

  5. Clearance:

    No gaps, openings, or protrusions in the barrier that could allow a child to crawl under, climb over, or get trapped.

  6. Materials:

    The barrier can be constructed using various materials, including chain link, wood, vinyl, and masonry, as long as they meet the necessary requirements.

  7. Alarm:

    Pools equipped with doors or windows that provide direct access to the pool area must have an audible alarm that sounds when the door or window is opened.

  8. Non-climbable Zone:

    A non-climbable zone of at least 48 inches in height and a radius of 36 inches must be maintained around the outer perimeter of the barrier.

For more information, please check the Pool Barriers Code Compliance PDF.