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Codes, standards, and regulations vary between jurisdictions, which can make them complicated to navigate, but compliance is critical. Understanding and applying the rules and regulations which govern industry activities provides a valuable layer of protection for operators, technicians, and builders, as well as aquatic users.

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PHTA is proud to be celebrating 40 years of being an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer. PHTA is the leading industry organization recognized by ANSI to develop and promote national consensus standards for residential and public swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.

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List of Standards

Swimming Pool

  • Residential
    The following are links to standards for residential swimming pools.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-4 2012 (R2022) American National Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools
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    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-5 2011 (R2022) American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools
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    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-8 2005 (R2023) American National Standard Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-15 2021 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
  • Public
    The following are links to standards for commercial swimming pools.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 2014 (R2023) American National Standard for Public Swimming Pools
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    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-2 2023 American National Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 American National Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Requests for change will be accepted on a continuous basis. For more information or to submit a request for change, click here.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs
      Purchase | Read | Learn More

Hot Tub

  • Residential
    The following are links to standards for residential hot tubs and spas.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-3 2014 American National Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas and Swim Spas
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    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-6 2013 (R2023) American National Standard for Residential Portable Spas and Swim Spas
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 2013 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-8 2005 (R2023) American National Standard Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-15 2021 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
  • Public
    The following are links to standards for commercial hot tubs and spas.
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-2 2023 American National Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance
      Purchase | Read | Learn More
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 American National Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Requests for change will be accepted on a continuous basis. For more information or to submit a request for change, click here.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas
      Purchase | Read | Learn More

Others

  • Conservation
    The following are links to standards for conservation related to swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-13 2017 American National Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency in Pools, Spas, Portable Spas and Swim Spas
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 2019 American National Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency
      Purchase | Read
    • ANSI/PHTA/ICC-15 2021 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency
      Purchase | Read

Codes and Standards in Partnership with the International Code Council (ICC)

  • ICC 902/APSP 902/SRCC 400-2017 Solar Pool and Spa Heating System Standard
    Purchase
  • ICC/APSP International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 2015 (ISPSC 15)
    Purchase
  • ICC/APSP International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 2018 (ISPSC18)
    Purchase
  • ICC/PHTA International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 2021 (ISPSC21)
    Purchase 
  • ICC/PHTA International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 2024 (ISPSC24)
    Purchase 

County and State Codes

International Codes

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