Owning a pool might just be the single best excuse for throwing a party. Why else would you even have one if you can’t enjoy it with friends? However, no matter how big and wild or small and intimate of a get-together you want to have, it’s going to have to be a private one. That’s because the law states that you are legally obligated to enclose your pool with a barrier, presumably in the form of a fence. And there are a number of regulations that come with said barrier. So in the interest of following the rules and keeping the authorities out of the equation next time you want to take a dip with some buddies, here is everything you need to know about New York’s barrier requirements for owning a outdoor residential pool.

  • The barrier has to surround the pool entirely, and it must obstruct access. Well, it seems like that one may be self-explanatory, but it’s important to reinforce the fact that this fence is serving a purpose and is not just for decoration. With this fence, you will be effectively marking your property lines. This is partially due to the fact that a swimming pool could be potentially hazardous to some people who are unable to swim. For this reason, it’s important to define boundaries, because the moment that boundary is crossed, you are effectively agreeing to take on responsibility for these people’s safety.
  • It has to be at least 4 feet high. There isn’t much of a point in even having a fence if everyone who approaches it can easily just step right on over it, is there? Frankly, anything under four feet should hardly even qualify as a fence. Again, you want to make it abundantly clear when someone crosses over onto your property, as there is a certain level of responsibility that comes with owning a swimming pool.
  • One of the enclosing walls may be part of a building, under the condition that there is either a safety cover that goes over the pool, or there is a safety alarm by any doors with direct access to the pool. The details here can vary depending on your local governing body. So be sure to research this thoroughly and to check with Campanella Fence, your local pool fence experts, along with your local building department, who will guide you accordingly.

If you like hosting, there’s really no better reason to have guests over than if you own a pool on a hot summer day. Alternatively, if you’re not much of the entertainer type, well, that’s okay as well. But no matter what, you’d better make sure you follow the rules.

Regarding additional requirements for above ground pools, you are going to have to contact your local municipality in order to ensure that you are abiding by local law. These are the kinds of things that you should be aware of in advance. Of course, just so long as you make this concern clear when speaking to your contractor, you shouldn’t have any problems at all. We’re available anytime, so give Campanella Fence a call at 845-628-2200 and let’s see what we can do for you.