(Amended by Ord. No. 182,850, Eff. 1/3/14.)
(a) Fences. Every existing swimming pool, fish pond or other body of water, which contains water 18 inches (457.2 mm) or more in depth, shall be enclosed by a fence, the height of which, including gates, shall be not less than 4 1/2 feet (1371.6 mm) above the ground. Gates shall be self-latching with the latch located 4 1/2 feet (1371.6 mm) minimum above the ground. However, for new swimming pools, spas, fish ponds and other bodies of water, the height and construction of the fence and gate shall comply with the requirements of Division 31, Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC whichever is more restrictive and provides greater safety. (Amended by Ord. No. 184,692, Eff. 12/30/16.)
Where the ground surface on the side of the fence away from the body of water slopes upward, four and one-half feet clearance shall be maintained between the fence and the face of the slope.
EXCEPTION: The provisions of this section shall not apply to oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and similar bodies of water, which are publicly owned over which the State of California, the City, or County of Los Angeles has control and jurisdiction.
(b) Existing Body of Water. The provisions of this section shall also apply to all existing bodies of water.