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 In Ground Pools

In Ground PoolDo I need a Building/Pool Permit?

Yes.  In accordance with the Town's Pool By-law No. 149-08, all types of swimming pools, including private spas (hot tubs, whirlpools and jacuzzis) which contain water having a depth 0.6 metres (24”) at any point, requires a pool permit.  Unless a pool or private spa is being dismantled and reconstructed within the same location. 

Prior to submission of a Building Permit application, please consult with the Building Department @ 905-871-1600 Ext. 5510.


What are the rules and regulations for a pool?

  • Pools shall be located within an interior side yard, exterior side yard or rear yard;
  • They shall not be located closer than 1.0 metre (3’-3”) to any side or rear property line and no closer to any street than the setback required;
  • No hard surface associated with a swimming pool shall be located closer than 0.5 metres (19") to the side or rear lot line;
  • Any circulating equipment such as pumps and filters shall not be located any closer than 3.0 metres (9’-8”) to a side lot line and 1.0 metre (3’-3”) to a rear lot line;
  • If the pool equipment is enclosed inside a shed or garage, then a 1.0 metre (3’-3”) setback distance is permitted; 
  • Any necesary approvals and/or permission from other agencies (i.e. Niagara Regional Planning and Development Department, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), the Town's Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) etc.).


Emptying of Pools

  • No person shall empty, drain or backwash a pool into a sanitary sewer system or directly or indirectly onto any neighbouring property;
  • Overflow or drainage from a pool shall be discharged to a storm sewer or natural drainage course. Should such such systems not be available, the pool shall be drained by mechanical means & transported to a storm sewer outlet or natural drainage course.


Do I need a gate and a fence enclosure around the pool?

Yes.  Gates and a fence enclosure are required to prevent unwanted access to pools. 

  • The perimeter of each yard must be enclosed with a fence not less than 1.22 metres (4’-0”) high to a maximum height of 2.3 metres (7’-6”); 
  • All gates must be self-closing and self-latching;
  • The fence & gates must not facilitate climbing, therefore horizontal or diagonal members & bracing is not acceptable or permitted.


What is requried for a Building/Pool Permit submission?

The Town will require the following infromation to be be clearly illustrated & identified on a site/plot plan & is required to be submitted with the permit application.

  • A lot grading plan prepared by an Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) or Professional Engineer (P. Eng.);
  • The existing ground and proposed elevations;
  • The location & setback distances from the concrete pool apron to the property lines;
  • The location & setback distances from the pool to the property lines;
  • The location of all existing swales;
  • The location and sizes of all other building structures on the lot;
  • The location of any hydro-electric poles, overhead wires etc.;
  • The location & setback distances from the pool equipment to property lines;
  • Details of the fence enclosure including the location, type, height, materials, gates and latching devices.

Please refer to the sample drawing & ensure that the drawings proposed for submission match or exceed the level of detail.  Please note that the sample drawing is strictly intended to be used as an example only.


What are the rules and regulations for decks and patios?

  • Where a deck will be constructed and the walking surface is above 0.6 metres (24”) in height from grade & it exceeds 10.0 square metres (108 square feet) in size, then a separate permit application is required. 
  • Patios do not require a building permit.


Required 2021 Permit Fees 

  • In-ground Pool:                                                                       $189.00  
  • Municipal Protection Deposit:                                             $500.00
  • Lot Grading Deposit:                                                              $2500.00             


The Municipal Protection Deposit is required to ensure that the municipal road allowances, boulevards, curbs, sidewalks, culverts etc., are kept clean & not damaged during construction & installation.

The Lot Grading Deposit is required to ensure that the proposed grade elevations fully comply with the grade elevations proposed. 

Once the project has passed the final inspection & final lot grading, the municipal deposits are returned.

The information provided is intended to assist & guide the Building Permit process.  Regulations & fees are subject to change, therefore, please contact and consult the Building Department Staff.


How do I obtain a Pool Permit application?

Permit Applications can be obtained:

  • Online at;
  • At Town Hall, 1 Municipal Centre Drive, Building Department - Second Floor


For further information with the In-ground Permit process, please review the following video.




Information Current to October 2019