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Pool Rules: Balancing Safety & Fair Housing

Written by: Dana Marron, Esq.

May | 6

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Community association pools are considered “public pools” for purposes of the California Building Code’s pool signage requirements. “No Lifeguard,” capacity, and “No Diving” signs are among those required to be posted.

Pool rules, while not required, are strongly recommended. Adopting rules provides associations with a way to promote safety and proper conduct around the pool area. Examples of issues that can be addressed in pool rules include:

  • Pool hours
  • Reservation policies
  • Supervision
  • Alcohol restrictions
  • Smoking and vaping restrictions
  • Incontinence
  • Hair coverings
  • Running and horseplay
  • Guest policies
  • Music
  • And more…

Pool rules are an area where boards must exercise caution. Despite being well-intentioned, pool rules often include language that may be considered discriminatory. Potential problem areas include, anything related to children, adult-only swim hours/lanes/pools, swim diapers, unsupervised teens, restrictions based on illnesses, animals, and more.

Your HGCT legal counsel can review or draft your pool rules to ensure the rules not only protect the residents’ safety but also protect the association from potential fair housing claims.

Contact us with questions or to discuss your association’s needs.