Texas Legislative Update- Governor signs ISPSC legislation!
House Bill 2858 was signed by Governor Abbott this past Friday, June 14, 2019. This top priority bill adopts the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), 2018 edition, as the municipal swimming pool and spa code in Texas. This means starting September 1, 2020 any municipality that chooses to regulate the building and alteration of pools and spas, must adopt the ISPSC as its base code. The municipality can adopt local amendments to the code as needed.
PHTA, as part of the Texas Pool and Spa Coalition (TPSC), worked with Lobbyists Jake Posey and Steve Koebele and the bill sponsors to guide this bill through the legislative process. This included testimony by PHTA/TPSC members and responding to questions that jurisdictions had about the bill. We thank HB 2858 sponsors Representative Steve Toth and Representative Ramon Romero for all the hard work and support they have dedicated to the Texas swimming pool and spa industry. This legislation will provide consistent predictable regulation for builders and will create a safer environment for bathers.
View HB 2858 here.
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The PHTA Government Relations team would also like to highlight several jurisdictions which have recently adopted the ISPSC. To view all ISPSC adoptions in Texas as of June 1, please see PHTA’s adoption sheet here.
Recent ISPSC Adoptions:
- Mansfield adopted the 2018 ISPSC, effective August 1, 2019
- Katy adopted the 2015 ISPSC, effective January 1, 2019 (previously used the 2012 edition)
- Rosenburg adopted the 2018 ISPSC, effective June 29, 2019 (currently using the 2012 edition)
- Southlake adopted the 2018 ISPSC, effective April 20, 2019
Jurisdictions reviewing the 2019 Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plans:
Be advised the following jurisdictions are simply adopting the 2019 edition of their existing plan and not implementing a conservation or drought stage. Pools and spas are affected in the latter stages of the plans being renewed, but the renewal of water conservation plans serve as a reminder to the industry on being vigilant to ensure changes are not put forward that would be determinantal to the industry.
For questions or comments on any of these items, please email
Regan Ratliff, PHTA Government Relations Associate.