Indiana Swimming Pool Laws

By Jessica Freund-Evans
Splash around in Indiana pools the safe way.
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There is no better way to enjoy a summer day in Indiana than lounging around the pool. Keeping the pool experience fun and safe is the Indiana code, typically putting common sense into law.

Pool Fencing Laws

Laws pertaining to the fencing of a pool area differ depending upon the type of pool you have and which county you live in. Certain cities and towns have additional requirements for pools in their jurisdictions. However, all pools---whether above or below ground---need to be fenced in with a proper latching system. An in-ground pool must have a fence around every side. Most ordinances require the fence to be at least six feet high. If your pool is above ground, you have two options. Option one is to have a ladder that detaches from the pool platform when not in use. Option two is to have a fence at least six feet high around the ladder leading to the platform.

Zoning Laws

Those hoping to build their own pool must have a permit from the state. The state of Indiana requires pool owners to construct their pool at least 10 feet away from any other building. The state also requires owners to keep their pools in either the back or side yard. Be aware that these rules apply to inflatable or self-installed pools as well. Violations can bring heavy fines.

Common Sense Pool Laws

The state of Indiana requires all pool owners to keep electrical wires away from their pools, as the combination of electricity and water is extremely dangerous and potentially fatal. Also, it is important to keep your pool away from other utility lines. Utility companies need access to their lines at all times, especially in case of an emergency.

About the Author

Jessica Freund-Evans started writing in 2007 and her work has been published in the "Journal of Indiana English Teachers" and eHow. She uses her education and hotel experience to specialize on articles centered around history, children and travel related topics. She attends Indiana State University where she's obtaining her bachelors degree in special ed/elementary education/history and minoring in English/Latin.