This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary permits for your project and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.
You must obtain a swimming pool building permit for any pool with a surface area greater than 150 square feet, a capacity over 5,000 gallons or more, or a depth of 24 inches or more. You must also obtain a mechanical or plumbing permit (for fuel-fired heaters) and an electrical permit (for lighting, outlets and filter/circulating equipment). A portable, self-contained spa or hot tub on a slab usually only requires an electrical permit.
To demo an existing pool you must obtain a demolition permit, with a submitted plat or grading plan, which will require site, zoning and health (if applicable) reviews. No additional cut-off letters, cap-off's or demo-bonds are required for a pool demo.
To determine your project’s impact on your property, one of the site-related plan types listed below must be submitted. To learn more, see our Site-Related Plans publication or contact: 703-222-0801, TTY 711.
When applying for a permit the plans must meet or show the following, if applicable:
All outdoor pools, spas and hot tubs must be protected with a barrier (fence) that meets the requirements of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, Section 305. The requirements for pool barriers are intended to provide protections against accidental drownings by preventing children from entering the pool area unattended. Some examples and key requirements are below for easy reference.
Powered safety covers for pools and lockable safety covers for spas and hot tubs can be substituted for barriers if designed to meet ASTM 1346.
Condition 1: Tops of Horizontal Members less than 45 inches apart
Condition 2: Tops of Horizontal Members 45 inches apart or greater
Before you begin excavating for your project, you must first call Miss Utility at 811, TTY 711. Miss Utility is a free service that marks underground utilities.
Kids pools that are drained and filled daily with less than 24 inches of water ARE NOT required to meet county regulations.
On-ground portable and storable pools installed seasonally ARE required to meet county regulations.
Swimming pools, spas and hot tubs must also meet the highlighted requirements listed below. All other requirements and design standards can be found in the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
Zoning regulations restrict the location of a pool as follows:
For more information, please contact Zoning Permits Branch, Department of Planning and Development, at 703-222-1082, TTY 711.
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