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

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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