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.  ***

Effective September 3, 2019, 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 – 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential)
  • NJ Electrical Subcode – 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • NJ One and Two Family Dwelling Subcode – 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) with NJ edits
  • NJ Building Subcode
    – 2018 International Building Code (IBC) with NJ edits
    – IBC references the 2018 ISPSC

Important Links

New Jersey Dirty Dirt Law

ALL contractors and businesses whose operations including “Collection, transportation, processing, brokering, storage, purchase, sale, disposition, or any combination thereof, of soils and fill recyclable materials”, MUST register with the NJ DEP or get the A-901 License.   If your business is involved in Collection, transportation, processing, brokering, storage, purchase, sale, disposition, or any combination thereof, of soils and fill recyclable materials, you are required to register by July 14, 2022

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Public Code

NJ Building Subcode

  • International Building Code (IBC)/2018 NJ Edition
  • Section 3109 with amendments – The design of pools and spas shall comply with the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • Order ISPSC here   

 **On July 1, Governor Murphy signed legislation that provides immunity from civil liability to a planned real estate development for damages arising from a COVID-19 exposure or transmission on the premises of a planned real estate development.  Read More **

 Public Recreational Bathing Code (2018 update)

General Permit for Wastewater Discharge

Electrical Subcode - 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

Energy Subcode - ASHRAE 90.1-2013 (Commercial & all other Residential)

ADA requirements – YES

Pool Operator Certification – YES

Pool Director Certification - YES
State Announces waiver for Director Certification compliance until 12/31/2019
read more  and See approved certification courses.

Residential Code

One and Two-Family Dwelling Subcode

  • International Residential Code/2018 NJ edition
  • Section R326 – The design and construction of pools and spas shall comply with the 2018 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 – 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA), Section 680

Energy Subcode – International Energy Conservation Code/2018