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    610.1All outdoor public swimming pools and spa pools shall be surrounded by a minimum seventy-two inch (72 in.) high fence or other substantial barrier approved by the Department.


    610.2The fence shall be continuous around the perimeter of the pool area that is not otherwise blocked or obstructed by adjacent buildings or structures and shall adjoin with itself or abut to the adjacent members.


    610.3All aquatic venues shall be through self-closing, self-latching lockable gates in which the self-latching mechanisms shall be located not less than four and a half feet (4½ ft.) (1.4 m) above finished grade.


    610.4Door access points from public rooms such as lobbies or club houses need not be through gates.


    610.5Gates shall open outward away from the pool area.


    610.6A latched, lockable gate shall be placed in the fence within ten feet (10 ft.) of the equipment area for service access.


    610.7Screened pool enclosures shall be hardened on the bottom three feet (3 ft.)


    610.8Fencing consideration shall be given to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Publication No. 362 Guidelines.


    610.9Safety Covers shall meet strict performance standards as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials in ASTM Standard F1346-91, Standard Performance Specification for Safety Covers and Labeling Requirements for All Covers for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs.


    610.10All public and semi-public pools shall be installed or secured with pool safety covers as specified in Subsection 505.5, during the following occurrence:


    (a) At the end of the outdoor swimming season;


    (b)An in-door or out-door pool is taken out of service for more than thirty (30) days; or


    (c)When a pool is experiencing a mechanical failure that prevents proper recirculation of water for more than seventy-two (72) hours.


    610.11All standing water shall be substantially drained from the cover with a pump within thirty (30) minutes after cessation of normal rainfall.  




Section 4902 of the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001 (“Act”) effective October 3, 2001 (D.C. Law 14-28; D.C. Official Code § 7-731(a)(11) (2012 Repl. & 2016 Supp.)), and Mayor’s Order 2001-111, dated August 6, 2001.


Final Rulemaking published at 64 DCR 5359 (June 9, 2017).