A Maryland bill that will establish a statewide building code for the construction of new swimming pools and spas passed this April. House Bill 303, sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senator Cory McCray (District 45, Baltimore City), requires Maryland to use the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) as the new minimum standard moving forward for building swimming pools and spas in the state. The ISPSC is currently being followed in more than 30 states nationwide.
House Bill 303 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Delegates and the Senate without opposition testimony in committee hearings. The legislation received strong support from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Building Officials Association, the Maryland Fire Marshal Committee, the Maryland State Firefighter’s Association, and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.
Alan Walker, Vice President of Anthony & Sylvan Pools and Maryland native, testified publicly in support of the statewide adoption of the ISPSC.
“The statewide adoption of ISPSC pool building code is a win for the State of Maryland, contractors, and customers,” Walker said. “This uniform level of code adoption allows pool builders to adhere to a uniform code, as opposed to different county-level codes, providing a higher-quality, safer product to homeowners.
Maryland pool customers will also benefit from the most current safety developments in the timeliest manner. Anthony & Sylvan looks forward to continuing working with the State of Maryland for many years to come.”
The legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt the ISPSC as the minimum code for the state but specifically allows for local jurisdictions to enforce and amend the code as necessary and, more importantly, correlate the ISPSC with their own local laws and regulations that are already established.
The incorporation of the ISPSC in Maryland will follow the exact same process the state already has for most building codes in practice, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC), which are enforced and amended by the counties.
Senator McCray, who sponsored the legislation in the Senate (Senate Bill 319), said that the city of Baltimore has utilized the ISPSC for several years, and most counties throughout Maryland also rely on portions of the code.
“If implemented, the ISPSC will seamlessly integrate into the state’s building codes. It’s commonsense legislation that will provide clearcut clarity, easing the burden for businesses in the industry by providing a baseline code to follow, as opposed to a myriad of laws and regulations,” McCray said.
For more information or to learn how to get involved, contact Jason Davidson, PHTA Director of Government Relations, at [email protected] or call 703-838-0083 x 165.