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.

Learn the requirements for your zone

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)

Download the complete outdoor pool regulations

Fencing requirements

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.

Download our outdoor pool regulations

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.

Download the steps to decommissioning a pool