Is there anything better than taking a dip in your own pool to cool off from the summer heat? If you’ve ever been tempted to construct a pool in your backyard, you’ve probably noticed that there are a number of rules and regulations around its construction that you must follow.
While this can get confusing and vary state-by-state, let’s take a quick look at some of the rules of thumb and common regulations to keep in mind when trying to decide if you’d like to install a swimming pool on your property.
Secure a Building Permit
While this will likely depend on where you’re located, many cities will require you to secure a building permit before construction begins on your pool. You can easily contact your local municipality for the specifics on what you’ll need to do and any fees you’ll need to pay.
The permits you will need can range from a simple residential building permit to an electrical permit, so it’s best to consult with your local government before construction.
Check Your HOA Guidelines
If you are part of a Homeowner’s Association, there may be guidelines and restrictions around whether you can build a pool, how big it can be, or any other rules related to in-ground pools.
Therefore, you’ll want to consult with them beforehand and get your designs approved before you begin construction.
Consult Local Ordinances
Aside from securing a building permit and getting the approval of your HOA, you also will need to check local ordinances related to pools to make sure your designs stay in compliance.
Some cities may have rules around how loud a pool pump can be, or how close your pool can be to other structures on your property, all of which can impact the final design and location of your pool.
Get It Inspected
Once your pool construction is complete, you’ll want to have it inspected by an expert who can determine whether it’s safe for use or not. You will likely need different inspectors for plumbing, structural, and electrical reasons, so make sure to schedule these in advance so they can get done around the same timeline.
With all of these elements in mind, you can determine whether you’ll be able to construct an in-ground pool on your property. It’s important to get all of these questions answered beforehand, otherwise you could get in the middle of costly construction on a pool that you’ll never be able to enjoy!
Written by Bailey Schramm in partnership with fence and rental supply company Viking Fence.