Do you own a swimming pool or plan to install one in New York State? Looking to upgrade or renovate an existing pool? Whether you own or intend to install a swimming pool it is important to consider pool safety, especially if you have toddlers at home.

In New York State it is illegal to build or own a swimming pool without a barrier or fence. As a matter of fact ANY outdoor residential swimming pool is required to have a barrier that completely surrounds the pool and prevents unsupervised access. The barrier is required to prevent a small child from accessing the pool and must be less than 2 inches from the ground. Pool gates should be equipped with childproof, self-closing latches to prevent access year round.

NYS has a number of requirements associated with swimming pools installed on residential properties in addition to the legal permits required from your local government.

What Defines A Swimming Pool?

The term “Swimming Pool” means any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading containing water over 24 inches deep. This includes:

  • In-ground pools
  • Above-ground or on-ground pools
  • Indoor pools
  • Hot tubs
  • Spas
  • Fixed-in-place wading pools

What Fencing Do I Need Around My Pool?

NYS Fencing Requirements for residential Swimming Pools:

  • The fence is required to be at least 4 feet high.
  • No opening is to exceed 4 inches
  • The knob or handle controlling the latch shall be at least 40 inches above grade.
  • The gate or door shall be locked and access to pool prevented when the pool is not supervised.
  • The fence must completely surround the swimming pool, obstructing all access.
  • Approved doors or gates must be self-closing with self-latching devices

But Which Pool Fencing?

Pool fencing is more than a safety feature, it’s architecture in your backyard. Make it your own with a variety of fence accents. Delicate accents can make your pool fencing a beautiful accessory to the appearance of your home. Whether you choose our Vinyl Fencing or Aluminum Fencing, you will find a sturdy product.

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Learn more about warranty information on our Vinyl FAQ and Aluminum FAQ pages. Looking for design ideas? Then head over to our photo gallery for inspiration! If you’re ready for pool fencing we offer pressure-free sales assistance and free quotes. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us!