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Town of Brookhaven Fence Requirements for a Swimming Pool

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The rules and regulations of the town of Brookhaven, Connecticut state that homeowners must place a fence around an outside in-ground swimming pool, spa, hot tub or above-ground pool. Fencing requirements are designed to reduce drowning accidents.

In-Ground Pools

According to the Connecticut State Building Code, fences are required around any type of outdoor spa or pool. Fences are required to be at least 48 inches above the finished ground level of the pool. Maximum vertical clearance between the ground level and fence should be 2 inches on the side of the fence.

Above-Ground Pools

Pools that are above ground require a fence for the top of the pool. Fences are mounted on the top of the pool structure, and the opening between the top of the pool frame and fence cannot allow a space of a 4-inch diameter sphere. Solid fences cannot have protrusions or indentations. Above-ground pools that have a ladder or steps as a means of pool access are required to be surrounded with a barrier.

Mesh Size

Fences that are made from chain link mesh have mesh size requirements. Maximum mesh size for all chain link fences around pools in Brookhaven must be 1 1/4-inch square. Larger chain link mesh is allowed if the fence has slats that reduce the size of the mesh to 1 1/4 inches. Lattice fences are allowed as long as the maximum opening size does not exceed 1 3/4 inches.

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