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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 Internal Code Development Calendar

  • May/June 2023 - PHTA members and interested parties submit proposals and feedback via the PHTA code developmental portal

  • July 7, 2023 - Deadline for code proposals and feedback via the PHTA code development portal 

  • July/August 2023 - PHTA Code Action Committee and staff work through code proposals, create work groups, solicit background information as needed, and finalize code proposals

  • Autumn 2023 - PHTA works with the ICC PMG Code Action Committee on proposals that the PMG Code Action Committee may submit; additional work on proposals as needed

  • January 2024 - Deadline for code proposals to be submitted to ICC 

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