Pools & Pool Fencing

The installation of a pool requires:
  • A building permit (PDF)
  • A site plan showing your lot, location of all buildings on the lot, and the proposed project
  • Electrical work associated with the pool installation (required for an electrical permit)
  • In some cases, subdivision approval is also required (Contact your subdivision representative for more information)
  • Storable swimming or wade pools with a maximum wall height of 30", and are readily disassembled for storage are permit exempt
Jumping Into a Pool
Setbacks
Pools shall be located at least 5 feet from the rear or side property line and shall not occupy more than 30% of the rear yard area. Pools need to be at least 10 feet horizontally from any power lines.

Pool Fencing
Pools must be enclosed by a fence not less than 4 feet high. The use of safety or hard pool covers does not satisfy or eliminate the requirement for a fence. The fence must be at least 3 feet from the walls of the pool and all gates must be self-closing and latching. A fence permit is required.

Fence enclosures may be omitted when above ground pools are installed and have a raised deck with an attached railing around the entire perimeter of the pool, or where the side walls of the pool are extended by a fence to 6 feet above grade. Get additional fencing requirements.

Electrical Requirements
When a permanent pool is installed, at least one GFCI type, 120-volt receptacle shall be located between 10 and 20 feet from the inside wall of the pool. A single GFCI locking and grounding type receptacle is permitted between 5 and 10 feet from the wall of the pool to provide power to the pump motor. A licensed electrician must install all electrical work.

Inspections
Pools must be inspected by city inspectors for location, electrical and safety standards. Inspections may be requested by:
  • Ph: 608-825-1184
  • Fx: 608-825-6879
  • Email