RESIDENT GOVERNMENT E-SERVICES
POOLS & SPAS
Definition: Swimming Pool-Any structure that is intended for recreational bathing or swimming that contains water deeper than 24 inches. This includes in-ground swimming pools, above-ground or on-ground pools, hot tub and spa. Note that this includes inflatable pools.
The Installation of any swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa and pool fence require permits.
The type of permit you need is determined by the type of pool or spa you are installing. Small above ground pools and spas require zoning (and possibly electric and plumbing permits) as well as fence permits.
Large above ground and any in-ground pools require building permits in addition to the permits listed above.
Please note – pools and spas are “structures”.
Zoning Requirements: Before a permit for a pool can be issued it must be reviewed for zoning compliance. Each property within the Borough is part of a designated zoning district. The zoning district specifies the permitted land uses, such as residential, commercial, or industrial and the minimum distances or set back from the property lines for buildings, accessory structures, and fences, as well as maximum height restrictions.
When you apply for a building permit, the application will automatically be routed to Zoning for review.
Please review the Pool Requirements in the Borough Code.
You are encouraged to contact the Zoning Officer before you finalize your plans to make sure that the project meets minimum zoning requirements and does not encroach on easements or required side, front, or rear yard areas.
Pool Barrier requirements are very specific. Please read the requirements very carefully as permits will not be isued if they do not demonstrate strict compliance.
Applicable Building Codes
All construction work must conform to the requirements of the International Building Code 2015
Standard Inspection Requirements (if applicable to your project):
Important: Your permit cannot be closed without a final inspection. Escrow will not be returned until the final is complete.
The information provided in this guide is intended only to assist individuals in understanding the code requirements. It is not a complete recitation of the code. Property owners should consult the Doylestown Borough Code of Ordinance for answers to specific questions.