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Above-Ground Pool Fencing Requirements in Illinois

By Brooke Turner ; Updated September 21, 2017

An above-ground pool is a fun way to cool off during the warm and windy Illinois summers. However, the state of Illinois requires specific safety restrictions and requirements for above-ground pools, which include special fencing. Without this fencing, your family would be legally liable for any harm suffered by unwanted visitors.

Depth of Pool

To consider the application of these rules, the above-ground pool must have a depth of 18 inches or more.

Size of Fence

A 4-foot-high non-climbable fence must enclose the entire area of the pool to keep away unwanted visitors.

Fence Latch

The gate or the fence must have a latch 4 feet above the ground and it must also be self-latching.


About the Author


A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.