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WAC 296-46B-680

Special equipmentSwimming pools, fountains, and similar installations.

001 General.
(1) Package spa or hot tubs. Electrical heating, pumping, filtering, and/or control equipment installed within 5 feet of a spa or hot tub must be listed or field evaluated as a package with the spa or hot tub.
(2) A factory assembled skid pack of electrical heating, pumping, filtering, and/or control equipment must be installed more than 5 feet from a spa or hot tub and must be listed as a package unit.
(3) The maintenance disconnect and field installed, listed electrical equipment for a hot tub, spa, or swim spa must be located at least five feet from the hot tub, spa or swim spa. Field installed listed equipment must meet the following additional requirements:
(a) The heater is listed as a "spa heater or swimming pool heater";
(b) The pump is listed as a "spa pump" or "swimming pool/spa pump" (the pump may be combined with a filter assembly); and
(c) Other listed equipment such as panelboards, conduit, and wire are suitable for the environment and comply with the applicable codes.
(4) Field installed, listed electrical equipment for a swimming pool must be located at least 5 feet from the swimming pool. Field installed listed equipment must meet the following additional requirements:
(a) The heater must be listed as a "swimming pool heater or a spa heater";
(b) The pump must be listed as a "swimming pool pump" or "spa pump" or "swimming pool/spa pump"; and
(c) Other equipment such as panelboards, conduit, and wire must be suitable for the environment and comply with the applicable codes.
The 5 foot separation may be reduced by the installation of a permanent barrier, such as a solid wall, fixed glass windows or doors, etc. The 5 foot separation will be determined by the shortest path or route that a cord can travel from the spa, hot tub, swim spa, or swimming pool to an object.
(5) The field assembly or installation of "recognized components" will not be permitted.
(6) Hydromassage bathtubs must be listed as a unit and bear a listing mark which reads "hydromassage bathtub."
(7) Manufacturers' instructions must be followed as part of the listing requirements.
(8) Electrical components which have failed and require replacement must be replaced with identical products unless the replacement part is no longer available; in which case, a like-in-kind product may be substituted provided the mechanical and grounding integrity of the equipment is maintained.
(9) Cut-away-type display models may not be sold for other than display purposes and are not expected to bear a listing mark.
040 Spas and hot tubs.
(10) NEC 680.42(C) will apply for interior and exterior wiring to outdoor installations of spas and hot tubs.
070 Hydromassage bathtubs.
(11) For hydromassage bathtubs, the ground fault circuit interrupter device must be identified as to use and not located in a building or tub cavity, crawlspace, or attic.
(12) For hydromassage bathtubs, all electrical equipment installed to support the bathtub (e.g., disconnecting means, motor, etc.) must be accessible at the same grade level as the tub or from a landing on the exterior of the building without the use of a ladder or other access device.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.28 RCW, RCW 19.28.010 and 19.28.031. WSR 17-12-021, § 296-46B-680, filed 5/30/17, effective 7/1/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.28 RCW. WSR 13-03-128, § 296-46B-680, filed 1/22/13, effective 3/1/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.281, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551. WSR 08-24-048, § 296-46B-680, filed 11/25/08, effective 12/31/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.271, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551, 2002 c 249, chapters 34.05 and 19.28 RCW. WSR 03-09-111, § 296-46B-680, filed 4/22/03, effective 5/23/03.]
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