International Code Council
The International Code Council is a not-for-profit organization which produces model construction codes concerning everything from the building of homes and schools to pools and spas. The model codes are created using a consensus process, and are reviewed, updated and published every three years for incorporation by states and municipalities. When adopted by a jurisdiction, the codes may be amended or modified to meet local needs.
To date, the two main codes affecting the construction of pools and spas are the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). These two model building codes address commercial and residential buildings, respectively, and contain chapters and provisions relating to pools and spas. The also contain provisions for related areas such as fences and barriers, decks, and changing and sanitary facilities. The IBC addresses commercial and public pools, spas and waterfeatures, and contains the related codes in the main body, so it is automatically incorporated by any state or locality that chooses that version of the IBC. The IRC addresses single and multi-family home construction and contains pool- and spa-related language in its Appendix G, for optional adoption by jurisdictions.
Currently, the ICC is working with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals to write a dedicated code just for pools, spas and hot tubs. Known as the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), it is now available in Public Version 1.0 as a download on the ICC website. Public Version 1.0 will undergo changes during the ICC consensus code process in 2011. Code change proposals were accepted until March 1, 2011, and will be posted by March 25, 2011 on the ISPSC website. All proposed code changes will be heard by a technical committee in a code development hearing to be held on May 16 and 17, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The results will be subject to public comment in the summer of 2011, with a final hearing to be held November 2, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The full development schedule can be viewed on the ICC website. The 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code is set to be released in Spring, 2012.