New Jersey’s New Law For Pool and Spa Contractors

Swimming Pool

New Jersey has established new licensing require- ments for the pool and spa industry. The Act requires special licenses for installing, repairing and maintain- ing pools. “Pool construction” is defined as “ excava- tion and grading, construction and installation of pools, tiling and coping, and installation of all circulation equipment including pumps, filters, heaters, sanitizers and chemical feeders. It does not include direct con- nections to a sanitary sewer system or potable water lines, nor the grounding and bonding of any metal sur- faces or the making of any electrical connections, or  the direct connection to any natural gas or propane gas source.

By 2021, in order to hold the license of a pool con- tractor, it will be necessary to have an Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) certification as a Certified Service Professional (CSP), an APSP certifi- cation as a Certified Service Technician (CST), or an APSP certification as a Certified Building Professional (CBP), or for those persons who only service and maintain portable spas, an APSP certification as a Cer- tified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT).

In addition to being licensed, every pool contracting and service business will have to

  1. Have at least one business  office  within  the State or appoint an agent of the licensee upon  whom legal service of process may be served;
  2. Clearly mark the outside of each installation and service vehicle (s) with the name of the business;
  3. Ensure that licensee and every employee engaged in the unsupervised building, servicing, or mainte- nance by wearing an identification card issued by the Board;
  4. Comply with other regulations issued by the Board.