Inflatable Pools Get New Regulations

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There is one hot product out there right now that may give bounce houses and inflatable yacht slides a run for their money – inflatable pools. Instead of sinking thousands and thousands of dollars into installing an in-ground or above-ground pool, many families have decided to sink hundreds into buying inflatable pools. As I mentioned last week, the installation is simple, but there are still safety measures that need to be followed.

Aside from these safety concerns, some towns have begun cracking down on little known regulations for some inflatable pools. According to the Norwich Bulletin :

“Although easy to set up, the pools have a secret that often goes unidentified when a buyer is purchasing the pool: Any pool deeper than 23 inches must have a city permit, follow state regulations for safety and may require extra home insurance. Norwich building official James Troeger said the city issues a half-dozen permits for portable pools each year, but the actual number of inflatable pools in the city could be in the hundreds.”

The article says that the enforcement is difficult because there is little to no education regarding these statutes given to those purchasing these pools. Retailers do not have to inform customers of any such regulations, which may actually dissuade some from purchasing. For this reason, many people have no idea that they need to spend more money to set up the pool according to the law.

“And those costs add up, Sprague Building and Zoning Officer Joseph Smith said. In addition to $80 in zoning permit fees — $58 of that goes to the state — pool owners in Sprague also must pay $50 for a building permit and $35 for an inland/wetland review. And if a resident is not hooked into the municipal sewer system, a separate fee is required by the local health district.”

No matter what the regulations are, I think people will buy inflatable pools anyway. What do you think?