International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC)

The 2015 edition of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code is available.

This companion manual contains the 2015 ISPSC code language with expanded expert commentary and pictures for each paragraph now in one convenient book.

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Developed jointly with APSP and the International Code Council (ICC), the ISPSC establishes minimum regulations for public and residential pools, spas, and hot tubs, using prescriptive and performance-related provisions.  It combines the relevant provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC), International Building Code (IBC), International Plumbing Code (IPC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and APSP standards, serving as a fully-integrated document for pool and spa safety.

Key Changes include:

  • Tighter alignment with all the latest ANSI/APSP/ICC pool and spa standards and technology;
  • The incorporation of the updates made to ANSI/APSP/ICC-4 2013 Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools; ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 2011 Standard for Energy Efficiency of Self Contained Portable  Electric Spas and Hot Tubs; and ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 2013 Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency; and
  • Expanded safety requirements exceeding those in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

ISPSC Frequently Asked Questions

ISPSC Adoptions Status Report

Top Benefits of the ISPSC:

  • The only comprehensive model residential and public swimming pool and spa code available.
  • “NEW” state and local jurisdictions adopting the ISPSC are eligible for Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) yearly training money.
  • Enhances residential pool barrier requirements, reducing drowning or near drowning.
  • Eliminates entrapment incidents, and ensures Virginia Graeme Baker Act compliance and eligibility under the VGB State Grant Program by reference to APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance.
  • Uses time-proven ANSI/APSP standards by reference and integration.
  • Contains barrier, decking and lighting provisions coordinating with the IBC.
  • Covers all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, portable and in-ground spas, water parks, exercise spas, and hot tubs.
  • Is based on up to date, scientific and third party testing and research on issues such as entrapment prevention, drowning prevention, energy usage and materials and dimensions.
  • Requires portable spas be certified to the latest industry standards, eliminating the need to inspect inaccessible interior components.
  • The first swimming pool and spa code to address aquatic recreation facilities.
  • The first swimming pool and spa code to address energy usage by including an energy standard for residential portable electric spas and for residential in-ground swimming pool and spa equipment.