Swimming Pool / Spa / Hot Tub

Construction of a structure or vessel to contain water at a depth of 24 inches or deeper and/or to contain a volume of water 5,000 gallons or greater requires a swimming pool/spa/hot tub permit. This applies to in-ground swimming pools, above-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. Electrical or plumbing construction work in conjunction with swimming pool/spa/hot tub does not requires separate permit(s).

All swimming pools shall be surrounded by a fence or other barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.  (See swimming pool/spa/hot tub permit for details.)  If the home is part of the barrier enclosure, doors leading to pool area are required to have audible alarms.

A swimming pool/spa/hot tub shall be located within the side or rear yard.  No portion of a pool or pool deck may be within drainage or utility easements.  The water's edge of an in-ground pool or spa must be setback at least 5 feet from the foundation of a home, building or other structure.

A health permit is required for any swimming pool/spa/hot tub open to the public (multifamily, nonresidential, etc.)

Submittal Requirements: (See swimming pool/spa/hot tub permit application for details)

  • Swimming Pool/Spa/Hot Tub Permit Application
  • Pool construction plans including:
    • Survey of property showing property lines and easements
    • Plot plan drawn to scale with dimensions, distances, and labels showing:
      • Pool, spa, and/or water feature, decking, walkways, pool equipment, fences, and gates
      • Underground and/or overhead electric service and electric meter within 40 feet of water's edge; if underground, specify direct bury or in conduit
      • Natural gas service and gas meter within 40 feet of water's edge
    • Drainage plan (prepared by registered engineer) if decking or other improvements are within 5 feet of side or rear property line
    • Note: Plans must be stamped with Oncor or CoServ approval stamp; see Additional Information/Resources below for details
  • Contractor Registration
  • Fee: $500 for single-family and two-family; $800 for multifamily and nonresidential
  • HOA approval letter (for swimming pool/spa/hot tubs on residential lots within a neighborhood with a homeowners association)
Submittal Method: Swimming pool/spa/hot tub permit application and payment must be submitted in person by contractor.

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