Do I Have to Have a Fence Around My Hot Tub?

The fun, relaxation, and health benefits of owning a hot tub can’t be beat. However, we know that when you bring home a hot tub, one of your top priorities is making sure it’s safe and secure and obeys all regulations. This is why you may be wondering, “Do I need a fence around my hot tub?” The answer to that is, it depends. 

You Definitely Need an Approved Barrier

No matter where you live, you can be sure that you’re required to use an approved barrier. But, it depends on your local municipality on whether that approved barrier is a locking hot tub cover that meets ASTM F 1346 requirements, or if it’s a fence. 

The ASTM F 1346-approved locking cover is the minimum standard throughout the United States. And that’s all that’s required in many locations. But, every state and municipality can set their own codes. For instance, in Texas, we have the guidelines set by the Texas Administrative Code, plus every county and local municipality can determine their own guidelines. At Backyard Oasis, we serve multiple cities and counties in Texas, plus we have readers throughout the country, so we can’t give you a black and white “yes” or “no”. However, we can confirm that many locations in Texas do require a safety fence around hot tubs, just like with swim spas and swimming pools. 

You definitely need a good cover (both for safety and water quality). But nothing provides the same peace of mind that a fence does when it comes to keeping out unwanted bathers. So, even when local regulations don’t require a fence, many hot tub owners opt for one. 

To find out for certain if you’ll need a fence, check with your local government. Or, contact us directly to learn more about the requirements for your area. That’s one of the best parts of shopping local. We’re here for you before, during, and after the sale to answer all your questions. Backyard Oasis has the industry experts you can rely on!