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Can I remove my pool fence?

Can I remove my pool fence? In most cases, code requires a fence for any new pool construction. Municipalities started pushing for barriers between the house and the pool in the early 80s. If yours was built with a mandate to have a fence and you pull your fence down, you are now not only out of code, you’re in a liable situation.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Jeff O’Neill with Affordable Fencing Gates in Tucson, Arizona. The question — can I remove my pool fence? The reality is, there’s not a single answer for that.

Most of the times, code requires a fence for new pool construction. Many municipalities started really pushing for pool barriers between the house and the pool in the early ’80s. So if your pool was mandated to have fence, if you pull your fence down you are now not only out of code, you’ve set yourself into a legally liable situation.

If someone happened to get hurt or to drown, anything of that nature, if you are required to have a pool fence when yours was built, you’ve now put yourself in a liable situation as well as moral implications.

If a pool fence is designed when the pool goes up, you can do a lot of things.

Like this one here has a nice curve. We can radius around your deck, slope it up or down hills, around planters, whatever it takes to make sure you have a nice, aesthetically pleasing, safe pool barrier.

Ornamental iron pool fence

IF100-9 ST Pool Fence

So again, the question was — can I take one down? Usually the answer is NO, not legally. But again, if your pool barrier is properly designed and installed, it shouldn’t be detrimental to your view to have that pool barrier in your yard.

There are different types of pool fences. This one here is an ornamental iron fence. There are also fences made of removable mesh fencing. In our area, which is southern Arizona, the law does not allow the removable mesh fencing for new pool construction. The reason is, of course, it’s removable.

So again, in southern Arizona, the removable mesh fencing is not allowed for new pool construction. If code requires pool fencing it is ornamental iron fencing that’s required.

Thank you.

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