With the warmer weather upon us, City Hall has received increased calls from citizens asking about placing temporary aboveground swimming pools on a single-family residential lot and when a building permit is required.
For single-family residential uses a permit is not required for pools where the water capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the pool is located entirely aboveground. Materials used in these types of pools range from hard molded plastic to flexible or nonrigid sidewalls where the shape or support frame provides the structural integrity. These pools can be disassembled for storage or relocation.
The depth of these pools generally do not exceed 24 inches however depending on the configuration could reach a depth of 36 inches. These types of pools may utilize a ladder or portable filtration systems. The ladders must be removable when the pool is not in use. Homeowners should always follow the manufacture installation requirements and recommendations.
Homeowners are encouraged to discuss liability and safety requirements with their insurance carriers, especially if the pool is located in an unsecured area.
For additional information or questions regarding pools, please contact Sharon Pettit, Building/Fire Official at 360-282-3158 or by email.