Procedures for Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas

The codes pertaining to these installations are adopted by the State of NJ through the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The UCC references the 2018 International Building Code, NJ Edition (NJIBC) and the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), as amended by the UCC (NJAC 5:23-3.14). Westfield’s Building Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of these codes. These codes are not unique to Westfield, and the pool installer is likely familiar with these requirements.

The codes provide the minimum requirements for fences (referred to as barriers in the code), gates, ladder enclosures, covers, entrapment hazards etc. These codes apply to any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 24 inches deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground seasonal pools, hot tubs, and spas. The codes can be viewed on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website

What is unique to each town are the zoning requirements. This should be the first place to inquire about your proposal. The requirements can be viewed on the Town Code, “Chapter LUL- Land Use Regulations”, specifically §13.02D and E.  Obtaining zoning approval is necessary before a construction permit can be issued, this is true for pools, hot tubs, spas, and any decks, patios or other improvements to the property.

If there are any proposed changes to the property grading or if there are any pool drain discharge points then the Engineering department must be consulted as well prior to construction permitting.