City of Bonne Terre, MO
St. Francois County
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Section 530.010 Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs.

[Ord. No. 201202 §§1 — 3, 11-19-2012]
A. 
The International Code Council (I.C.C.), formerly known as the Building and Code Administration (B.O.C.A.), has outlined safety standards for swimming pool fencing in an effort to eliminate or reduce the accidental drowning of children.
B. 
A fence permit from the City Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer is required. A final inspection will be conducted by the Building Inspector to assure all highlights have been met.
C. 
The guidelines listed below shall be adhered to. Failure to comply with the safety standards may be punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00).
1. 
The fence must be a minimum of forty-eight (48) inches tall (or taller, depending on distance between horizontal rails).
2. 
The middle horizontal rail must be at least forty-five (45) inches above the bottom horizontal rail (to prevent using the horizontal rails as a kind of ladder for climbing).
3. 
The spacing between pickets must be less than four (4) inches.
4. 
If space between pickets is less than one and three-fourths (1¾) inch rule No. 2 does not apply.
5. 
The space between the bottom horizontal rail and the ground must be less than two (2) inches.
6. 
The gate(s) must be self-closing and self-latching.
7. 
The gate(s) need to open out (away from the pool area).
8. 
The operating mechanism of the latch must be at least fifty-four (54) inches from the bottom of the gate or it shall be on the pool side of the gate at least three (3) inches below the top.
9. 
No "kiddie" pool, plastic or blow-up, shall be left unattended unless pool is completely empty or is within a fenced area.