Hot Tub Privacy Fence

Incorporating a Barrier in Your Spa Design

Hot tub fences are a common addition to outdoor spa settings. Some hot tub owners decide to erect a fence for esthetic purposes, while others do so for safety reasons. Depending on where you live, there are specific requirements regarding hot tub and spa enclosures which every spa owner must comply with.

The requirements you will need to abide by, regarding your hot tub or spa enclosure, will depend on your city or state laws. Some states have stricter laws than others; however, most places have at least some sort of regulation stating what is expected of owners. Below you will find a list of general requirements which are common among a number of cities and states. Following these guidelines will not ensure you're complying with your state laws, it will simply give you an idea of the types of things you will need to do. If you want a specific list of requirements for where you live, contact your city council.

General Requirements for Hot Tub and Spa Fences:

  • Most hot tub and spa fences must be at least 4 feet tall (if the spa itself is the minimum height requirement, it can act as its own fence).
  • No openings in the fence can be larger than approx. 6 inches.
  • Fences and barriers should be located at least 4 feet beyond the outside perimeter of your hot tub or spa.
  • Portable and inflatable hot tubs or spas do not require a fence, but must be deflated or covered to protect the safety of others.

Note – Hot tubs and spas with locked covers do not require any type of fencing, enclosure or barrier, but must be locked at all times when not in use.

For those of you who are erecting a fence for esthetic purposes, there are a number of designs and styles to enhance your outdoor spa. Wood fences have been a popular choice for many years; however, aluminum and barbed wire fences have seen an increase in popularity over the past few years. Electronic fences are perfect for families who are worried about the safety of their pets, while bamboo fences are pleasing to the eye for those people wishing to add elegance to their backyard setting.

Despite your reasoning for adding a fence, these barriers are beneficial for both appearance and safety purposes. If you are thinking of incorporating a fence into your yard design, check the building requirements before you begin. Make sure you comply with all the regulations in order to ensure your fence proposal is granted.

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