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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)

Developed with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) is the only comprehensive swimming pool code coordinated with the I-Codes and PHTA Standards. The ISPSC contains minimum regulations for public and residential pools, spas, and hot tubs using prescriptive and performance-related provisions.

Benefits of the ISPSC:

  • Meets or exceeds Virginia Graeme Baker Act requirements.
  • Contains APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance.
  • Includes provisions for water parks, diving, barriers, general design, and water quality safety.
  • Covers fencing, decks, lighting, heaters, circulation systems, pumps, accessibility, diving, sanitizing equipment, filters, and suction fittings.

Learn More About ISPSC

ISPSC Education

ISPSC Adoption Status Report


2027 ISPSC/ICC Code Development Calendar

  • May 16, 2024 – ICC releases the Group A Report of Code Action Hearing (CAH) #1 (PDF). Webcasts of the hearings are available, ISPSC is in track 2.
  • May 16, 2024 – Group A public comment period for decisions from CAH #1 opens on cdpACCESS.
  • July 8, 2024 – Deadline for submitting Group A public comments on cdpACCESS.
  • June 2024 – Group A Public Comments based on decisions made at CAH #1 will be due to be submitted to ICC through cdpACCESS.
  • September 5, 2024 – ICC posts comment agenda for actions taken at CAH #1.
  • October 23–31, 2024 – 2024 Committee Action Hearing #2 will be held in Long Beach, CA.


Click here to view the 2027 ISPSC/ICC/PHTA Monograph of Proposals (updated 5/28/24)



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