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Posted on: June 22, 2018

City of Fernley Municipal Code Regarding Pools


June 22, 2018

Contact:  Daphne Hooper, City Manager
Telephone:  775-784-9864


Fernley, NV, June 22, 2018 – Due to the number of drownings and near-drownings in the United States, most of which involve small children, the City of Fernley has adopted and enacted swimming pool barrier laws.  Generally, these laws require that all aff­ected swimming pools (or certain other contained bodies of water) be protected by an enclosure surrounding the pool area, or by another barrier, that meets specific requirements.  In general, pool barrier laws require that a swimming pool be completely enclosed by a fence to restrict access to the swimming pool from adjoining property.  These pool barrier laws also generally require that certain barriers be installed to restrict easy access from the home to the swimming pool.  Therefore, pool barrier laws contain specific requirements regarding the height and type of fences, along with gates and doors from the home, leading directly to the swimming pool.

Residents are advised to obtain and read the entire applicable pool barrier law prior to purchasing a home with an existing pool; prior to erecting pool barriers; prior to altering, repairing or replacing pool barriers; or prior to building/installing a pool.   Title 8 of the Fernley Municipal Code adopted the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) by reference.  Specifically, Appendix G regulates swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.

Title 8 can be found here:

The 2012 IRC Appendix G can be found here:

The International Codes are the predominant building codes used throughout the nation, including all of Northern Nevada. On a three-year cycle, they are updated and published by the International Code Council. The 2012 International Codes were adopted by the Fernley City Council on August 7th, 2013, to view the signed ordinance, click on the following link:

The purpose of building codes is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.  For additional information, or to obtain a swimming pool permit, please contact the City of Fernley Building Department at (775) 784-9812.

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