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New Jersey: Codes, Standards & Regulations

*** On January 31, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a bill creating license requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in the State of New Jersey. find more details here. This law goes into effect July 31, 2019 ***

The APSP swimming pool and spa standards that were formally referenced by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code are now replaced by the 2015 ICC/APSP International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

On September 21, 2015, the State of New Jersey (NJ) adopted four new codes that will affect the pool and spa industry.  

The following codes are now adopted:

  • NJ Energy Subcode – 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential)
  • NJ Electrical Subcode – 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • NJ One and Two Family Dwelling Subcode – 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) with NJ edits
  • NJ Building Subcode – 2015 International Building Code (IBC) with NJ edits

Important Links



Public Codes

NJ Building Subcode


 Public Recreational Bathing Code (2018 update - click to read more)

 General Permit for Wastewater Discharge (click to read more)

Electrical Subcode - 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)


Energy Subcode – ASHRAE 90.1-2013

ADA requirements – YES

Pool Operator Certification – YES

Pool Director Certification - YES
State Announces waiver for Director Certitication compliance until 9/1/2019
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Residential Codes

Residential Pool Code

One and Two-Family Dwelling Subcode

  • International Residential Code/2015 NJ edition
  • Section R326 – The design and construction of pools and spas shall comply with the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • NJ Edits for R326 
  • Order ISPSC here 

2015 ISPSC - Hydrostatic Pressure Test (311.9):  Memorandum from NJ Div. of Codes & Standards

Electrical Subcode – 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA), Section 680

Energy Subcode – International Energy Conservation Code/2015


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