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Building Safety Month: Pool Safety

Swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun. It’s important to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water.

The Prince George's County Zoning Code says the following about pools.

Sec. 27-424. - Swimming pools.

All outdoor swimming pools in the R-E, R-R, R-80, R-55, R-35, and R-20 zones shall be enclosed by a fence at least six (6) feet high. If the pool is constructed above grade, and a fence or railing (the top of which is at least six (6) feet above grade) is attached to it, another separate fence shall not be required.

Outdoor swimming pools shall meet the setback requirements for the main building (not for accessory structures). Pools accessory to one-family detached dwellings need only be located eight (8) feet from the rear lot line.

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