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Does My Pool Need a Fence in Maryland?

January 26, 2017


In the state of Maryland, there are laws and regulations in place to help prevent accidental drownings in public and private pools. So, the short answer is yes, your pool does need have to have a fence around it in Maryland. Fencing regulations are dependent on the city and county which you live in, and also the type of pool you own, but the answer remains the same.

What are the Pool Fencing Regulations in Maryland?

The regulations in Maryland vary on a city to city, and county to county basis. At the bare minimum, most counties have adopted the 2012 International Residential Code making the regulations similar. First, if you have an above-ground pool over 48 inches tall, you will only need fencing if you have an attached deck that is level with the top of the pool. Fencing for above-ground pools and any in-ground pool fencing in Maryland should be at least 48 inches tall. In many counties, this number can be higher so be sure to check your local regulations.

Why Does my Pool Need a Fence in Maryland?

The main reason you want to ensure you have a fence for your pool is so to avoid drowning accidents. A well-built fence will keep animals and people away from your pool area and prevent unnecessary drownings. Not to mention, any pool which does not meet local regulations with regards to fencing in Maryland will be subject to fines.

How Soon Should I Get a Fence Installed?

As a rule of thumb, it’s best to get a fence installed on the same weekend you have your pool installed (or sooner if possible). One way to ensure your pool fencing meets proper fencing regulations, and is installed on schedule, is to hire a certified and experienced Maryland fence contractor. By hiring a fencing company in Maryland, you can rest assure your fence meets all local regulations and looks amazing as well.

For help with your pool fencing project, get in touch with North American Deck and Patio, LLC. North America Deck and Patio, LLC is a reliable Maryland fencing installation company delivering consistent results guaranteed by an honest warranty. Get in touch with North American Deck and Patio today by filling out the contact form on our website, or calling us at 866-535-1961.

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