Monday, June 22, 2020

Swimming Pool Regulations

As the weather turns warmer and residents look for ways to beat the heat, some of you may be tempted to install a swimming pool (either permanent or temporary).  Just as a reminder and for the safety of all, the Village does have regulations regarding pools and they do include the pools one may purchase at a local retail store.

For permanent pools (either in-ground or above ground), a building permit is required. 

For permanent or temporary in-ground pools, spas or water gardens shall be encompassed by a freestanding fence not less than 48 inches nor more than 72 inches from the ground level. Such fence shall be no less than three feet from the pool, pond, or spa at its nearest point.

Above ground permanent or temporary pools, ponds, or spas shall be encompassed by fencing which complies with one or any combination of the following options:
  • A fence within three feet of the pool, pond, or spa and not less than 48 inches nor more than 72 inches from ground level.
  • A fence attached to a deck or walkway, provided such fence is at least 36 inches above the surface of the deck or walkway and complies with this section.
  • A pool wall not less than 48 inches from ground level, provided steps, ladders, or other means of pool access are removed when the pool is not in use.
  • For permanent or temporary in-ground pools, spas or water gardens shall be encompassed by a freestanding fence not less than 48 inches nor more than 72 inches from the ground level. Such fence shall be no less than three feet from the pool, pond, or spa at its nearest point.
Fencing shall not be required if the following are provided:
      • Pools, spas, or water gardens with locking and solid structural covers. Such covers shall be in place whenever the pool, pond, or spa is not in use and/or unsupervised by an adult. The pool shall be equipped with a power safety cover that complies with ASTM F 1346.
      • Pools, spas, or water gardens completely enclosed within a building.
      • In lieu of fencing, temporary pools may be drained and remain free of any level of water between uses.
      The structural requirements of fencing shall be as follows:
      • The fence must be able to withstand 200 pounds of force in any direction.
      • The fence shall be so constructed and designed so as to prevent penetration of an object greater than six inches in diameter.
      • All such fences shall be constructed with a locking door or gate which complies with all other height and structural requirements of this section.

      Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Bellevue Community Development Department.