Fence Options for Pool Safety

Hawkeye Fence Company in Norman, OK can help with your pool fence safety and compliance

With pool fencing, whether fence installation for a new project, or fence repair or replacement, many factors must be considered. Since swimming pools are so tempting for outsiders and children to play in, pool owners in the United States are required to erect safety fencing around both public and private pools. For most homeowners, city or state ordinances require a fence around your pool for safety concerns. Some homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) even have additional specifications. For commercial pools at resorts or at community pools, there are federal, state and local laws and ordinances that must be followed.

Building codes usually specify fence requirements such as height, material, spacing between pickets, ground clearance, locks and more. These codes are meant to increase pool safety,while also reducing the pool owner’s liability. With Hawkeye Fence Company, we take these codes and regulations into account in all quotes to assure compliance.

Pool Fence Choices

Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial organization, first learn your area’s local building codes. Once you know what is required, you can seek a fence that meets those guidelines and complements your architecture and aesthetic requirements. Any qualified fence contractor should always consider these factors and even know their local city building codes. They may just need to assure any other local codes with your HOA. If the pool hasn’t been installed, some HOA’s even have limited requirements on if a pool can be installed in homeowner’s backyards. If allowed, they may require below ground pools, and even certain material construction, fencing, and signage requirements may be listed.


Aluminum is among the top choices for pool fencing since the material is strong and typically powder-coated for durability and little maintenance requirements. Rectangular tubing may be sleek and simple with a top and bottom rail, or we can add decorative options such as pressed spear pickets for a more aesthetic look.


Most city and local ordinances specify that a pool fence must be a minimum of 48-inches tall. This is considered tall enough to keep most people from easily entering the pool. Always check your local building codes (and HOA guidelines if you have them) to assure the minimum height in your area.

Ground Clearance & Climbability

The ICC Pool Code specifies no more than a 2-inch gap from the bottom of the fence to the ground. Such a measurement is meant to limit pets (or children) to dig or crawl under the fence. That 2-inch-maximum ground clearance gap also ensures that there are at least 45-inches between the top rail and the bottom rail of a 48-inch-tall fence. That span is considered enough to make the fence difficult to climb, even if someone tries to use the horizontal rail as a step-up.

Picket Spacing

There should be no more than 4-inches between pickets. This requirement may be also be called “air space” or “gap width”. This 4-inches is considered too narrow for a child to squeeze between the pickets.

Once you’ve gathered all the local requirements for your pool fence, you can start your search for a fence that meets them. At Hawkeye Fence Company based in Norman, OK is happy to work with you to assure compliance and beauty with your pool fence installation.

Call us today at (405) 500-1407

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