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Pool Requirements


All pools which contain water 24” or more in depth at any point must be entirely enclosed by some form of barrier (walls, fences, etc.) which is at least 4’ high and makes the pool inaccessible to small children. (IBC 3109)

Plans for public or semi-public pools must be approved by the New Hampshire Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission.

If the water level of the pool is to be maintained by use of a hose from a hose bibb or sill cock, some means of backflow prevention must be provided. (IPC Section 608)

A permanently installed pool must have at least one GFCI protected electrical receptacle located between 10-20 feet from the inside edge of the pool. (NEC 680-6(a))

An electrical receptacle for a recirculating pump motor must be located at least 5’ from the inside edge of the pool, and must be of the single and locking type. (NEC 680-6(a) exception)

All 125 volt receptacle located within 20’ of the pool must have ground-fault circuit protection. (NEC 680-6(a))

Existing lighting fixtures may not be located within 5’, measured horizontally, and 5’ measured vertically from the inside edge of the pool and the maximum water level of the pool. New lighting fixtures may not be located within 5’ measured horizontally from the inside edge and 12’ measured vertically from the maximum water level of the pool.

All metal parts must be bonded together by a copper conductor, #8 or larger, and all electrical equipment, to include the circulator motor, must have an insulated copper grounding conductor, #12 or larger, which must be run with the circuit conductors in conduit back to the electrical panel. (NEC 680-22, 24 & 25)

Conductors for inpool lighting must be run in conduit from the junction box near the pool, back to the electrical panel, and must include an insulated copper ground wire #12 or larger. (NEC 680-20)