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The mission of the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection is to ensure compliance with the governing building codes for the safety of our residents and visitors.
Change to Swimming Pool Barrier Requirements Effective 3/8/17
For all swimming pool permits applied for on or after March 8, 2017, pool barriers must be a minimum of 36” from the property line; or, the owner of the pool must submit written documentation of a legal right to use the adjacent property for as long as the pool exists.
This requirement results from an official interpretation issued by The Virginia State Building Code Technical Review Board (TRB) of International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) section 305.2.9.
305.2.9 Clear zone. There shall be a clear zone of not less than 36 inches (914 mm) between the exterior of the barrier and any permanent structures or equipment such as pumps, filters and heaters that can be used to climb the barrier.
TRB interpretation 1/2017 states that the 36” clear zone required on the exterior of the pool barrier must be on the same property as the pool. The clear zone may be on adjacent property if the owner of the pool has a written legal right to use the adjacent property for as long as the pool exists.
Swimming pool safety covers that comply with ASTM F 1346 are still permitted as an alternative to barriers.