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What are the swimming pool enclosure requirements?

With warmer weather on its way, you may start planning on installing a backyard swimming pool. While you are perfectly able to put a pool on your property, you do have to obey local ordinances to ensure your pool is legal. Such regulations are put in place by Kentucky officials to help ensure safety. Every year children end up drowning in backyard pools. In some cases, the child wandered into someone else's yard, thus making that person liable. To help keep others safe and protect yourself, you must understand the enclosure laws in your area.

According to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, you must have a safety barrier, typically a fence, around your swimming pool area. This safety barrier must not have a gap between the ground and the bottom of the fence of more than four inches nor should any other gaps in the fence be more than four inches. Cutouts for decorative purposes must be less than 1 3/4 inches wide. It must also be at least four feet tall. If you make a barrier out of stone or other similar construction materials, they cannot protrude in a way that would make it easy for someone to climb over the barrier. 

Keep in mind, these are general guidelines. There may be additional requirements for other types of fences. In addition, these guidelines assume you are installing the fence at ground level. Other situations and installations may have additional requirements that must be met. It is always a good idea to check with local government agencies to verify your barrier meets regulations. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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