Swimming Pool Requirements

The Town of Wickenburg has adopted the 2006 International Residential Code (2006 IRC).  The Town of Wickenburg swimming pool barrier requirements can be found by clicking here.


Should you have any questions regarding any of the types of barriers required or construction specifications, please contact the Town of Wickenburg's Building Inspector by calling 928-668-0513.

Minimum Barrier Height

60 Inches (5 Feet): Two (2) inches maximum vertical clearance from grade level to bottom of barrier. (Must be measured from grade level on side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool, spa and/or hot tub.)

Minimum Swimming Pool Setbacks

  1. Front yard: No pool may be located in the front yard except on properties consisting of two (2) or more acres.
  2. Street Side Yard: A pool must meet the minimum setback as outlined within the applicable zoning district for street side yards and placed behind a barrier as described in the International residential Code and International Building Code. In addition to the above setbacks, the pool edge must be placed a minimum of five feet (5') from the fence or barrier.
  3. Setback from Rear and interior Property Lines: The pool shall be setback a minimum of five feet (5') from the rear or interior side property lines.
  4. Setback from Buildings: The pool shall be setback a minimum of five feet (5') from any primary or accessory building.

Permissible Barrier Types & Construction Specifications

  1. Solid Barrier / Fences: Wood, masonry or stone walls; construction of these types of barriers shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for tooled masonry joints. If the barrier contains vertical and horizontal members, then the spacing of said members shall not exceed 1.75 inches in width.
  2. Chain Link: Wire fences are prohibited in Town limits as per Section 14-23A-4.d of the Town Code
  3. Wrought Iron Fence: Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4 inch diameter (102 mm) sphere.

Alarm System Required

If the wall of your residence is used as a portion of the barrier requirement, you must equip your house with an audible alarm system, which produces an audible warming when the door and its' screen, if present, are opened. The alarm must sound continuously for a minimum of 30 seconds immediately after the door is opened, and be capable of being heard throughout the house during normal household activities.

Furthermore, the alarm must automatically reset under all conditions and the alarm system must be equipped with a manual means, such as a touch pad or switch, to temporarily deactivate the alarm for a single opening. The deactivation shall last for not more than 15 seconds and the deactivations switch must be located at least 54 inches above the threshold of the door. Other methods of protection may be acceptable, such as self-closing doors with self-latching devices; however, only when the degree of protection is not less than the protection afforded by the alarm system described above.

Access Gate Requirements

Access Gates must be constructed as follows:
  • Minimum height requirement is 60 inches (5 feet)
  • Gate must open outward (away from pool)
  • Gate must be self-closing; and,
  • Gate must have a self-latching device
Note: Self-latching devices located less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate MUST be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3-inches below the top of the gate. The gate and barrier shall not have an opening greater than 0.5 inch within 18 inches of the release mechanism.

Above Ground Barrier Requirements

Above ground pools may be enough of a barrier itself so as to not require the same type of barrier requirements of in-ground pools. If the means of access to the above ground pool is a ladder or steps, then the ladder or steps must be capable of being secured, locked or removed to prevent access or the ladder/steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the above-cited barrier / fencing requirements. When the ladder or steps are secured, locked or removed, any opening created shall not allow the passage of a 4 inch diameter sphere.