It has come to our attention that many companies do not appropriately apply the Code, OAR (Oregon Administrative Rules) and ORS (Oregon Revised Statutes) that regulate hot tub installations and repairs. These rules are in place for a reason and should be carefully adhered to.  Failure to do so could result in an unsafe installation which could put your family and friends at risk of shock or electrocution. It could cause your hot tub warranty to be voided or it may even result in homeowners insurance not covering damage caused by the un-permitted or faulty wiring.  This is a concern for us and it definitely should be for you as well.

Pacific Hot Tub Solutions respects that it is your right as a homeowner to make a decision as to whether or not to obtain a permit for your electrical installation for your hot tub; however, it is our responsibility to inform and advise you as to the rules and regulations that apply to your hot tub installation or repair.

If you, as the homeowner doing your own work, opt to not permit your installation that is your choice; however, when hiring a reputable company you should expect and demand that they abide by the laws set forth to protect not only your hot tub but your property and most importantly your family.   If they cut corners and have blatant disregard for the code requirements how experienced and trustworthy are they really?  Do they have your best interest at heart?

The Codes and regulations that apply to the installation or a repair of a hot tub are cumbersome and difficult to locate.  Maybe that is why so many hot tub service companies do not abide by the laws.  The OESC Section 680 IV (Oregon Electrical Specialty Code) based on the 2014 NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) as well as OAR 918-309, OAR 918-305, ORS479.550, ORS479.530 and ORS479.540 all regulate the electrical installation and repair of hot tubs.  Additionally, the requirements for obtaining a permit and inspection are also covered.

In summary:

  1. If you are installing a new hot tub and connecting to your existing wiring that was installed to code at the time of installation then there is no requirement for the wiring to meet current code; however by law, a permit and inspection must be obtained for the new connection of your new tub. OAR918-305-0000
  2. The hot tub disconnect must be no closer to your hot tub than 6’. Additionally, it must be in a clear line of sight from the hot tub.  Not around the corner or under the deck. ORSC Section 680 IV
  3. No electrical work is to commence prior to obtaining the required permit. OAR918-309-0000 (3) & ORS479.550
  4. If your hot tub requires a repair that requires the hot tub to be disconnected from power (ie a new control pack, circuit board or heater relay board) a permit is required to reconnect your hot tub and the hot tub can only be reconnected by either the homeowner or a licensed electrician. ORS479.530 (10). OAR918-309-0000(2)(a), ORS479.540(1)

To protect your warranty, your hot tub, your property and your family you should always make sure the company doing your work does not make the connections unless they have a valid electrical contractor’s license and the appropriate permits.

Knowledge is power and Pacific Hot Tub Solutions wants all of our customers whether current, new or future to have the most accurate, current information available so you can make an informed, responsible decision.

Pacific Hot Tub Solutions strives to be the most consciences, informative, and up-to-date company on the newest technology, codes, laws and regulations regarding hot tubs in the region.   Our number one concern is your safety !