Following guidance from the province's Restart BC Plan and new health and safety regulations from WorkSafeBC, we are taking all necessary steps to protect public health and maintain the safety of our employees.
Install or remove (decomission) a swimming pool
You need a permit to install an in-ground pool or do structural repairs to an existing pool.
Installing your pool
The requirements for how far from property lines and other structures your pool needs to be (set back) varies, depending on which residential zone you live in. Please be sure you are familiar with the requirements for your zone before planning your pool.
Apply for a permit
When you apply for your permit, you will need to provide:
- a survey
- two sets of sealed pool drawings signed by a registered professional
- letters of assurance from the registered professional
- geotechnical letters of assurance (for some sloped sites)
Outdoor pools, spas, and hot tubs must be enclosed with a fence and a self-closing, self-latching gate. If you prefer, spas and hot tubs may have a locking cover to prevent unauthorized access to the water, instead of a fence.
You (or your tenant, if you rent your property) are responsible for maintaining the fence, gate, or locking cover in good working order.
Decommissioning an in-ground concrete pool
If you have a concrete pool that you no longer use and would like to fill in, there are a number of steps you need to follow in order to ensure it is done safely, and will not cause damage to the environment over the long run.