Commercial Swimming Pool Standards, Swimming pools for public or business use.


An unobstructed deck at least 5 feet (1.5 m) wide shall entirely surround the pool. Infringements or variations are allowed only when specifically permitted by the approving authority. The deck shall be of a uniform, easily cleaned, impervious material with a slip-resistant finish. Wood decks are expressly prohibited within 5 feet (1.5 m) of the pool. The deck shall be protected from surface runoff.

Slope & Pitch

The deck shall be sloped away from the pool, and shall be sloped to provide positive drainage of all deck areas.


Deck drains, when used, shall be no more than 25 feet (7.6 m) apart, and no single drain shall serve more than 400 square feet (37 m2) of area. There shall be no direct connection between the pool deck drains and the sewer or plumbing drainage systems. They shall not drain to the pool gutter or recirculation systems.

Roll-Out Gutters

If the pool is equipped with roll-out, deck-level gutters, not more than 5 feet (1.5 m) of deck shall be sloped toward the gutters.


Carpeting shall not be permitted on pool decks unless special design considerations are provided and permitted by the approving authority.

Hose Bibs

Hose bibs with appropriate backflow preventers shall be provided to facilitate cleaning the deck areas.

Spectator Area

There shall be an effective separation between spectator areas and swimmer areas.

Pool Concessions

Where concessions are provided, an area or areas separate from the pool deck shall be designated for serving and consuming food or drink.

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