Planning for a Pool – Permits, Breaking Ground & More

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There’s nothing more inviting during the warm Texas summer than your own personal pool. Whether it’s above ground or in ground a cool dip is a reprieve from the unforgiving temperatures.

But hold on one second. Before you start calling contractors there are a few things you’ve got to get figured out. Here’s an overview of what a homeowner needs to consider when planning for a pool – permits, location, insurance and more.

Pool Permits

It’s important to note that permits vary from one city to the next. If you are hiring a contractor ask them to fill you in on the permit procedures. If they can’t answer the question find yourself another contractor. To find out on your own you’ll need to contact your city’s permit center.

The permitting process can take some time. You’ll first need to get a permit to build or install pool and then it will need to meet inspections to verify that it is built to code. Never, ever start building a pool until you’ve acquired the proper permit to do so.

Even above ground pools may require certain permits and have to meet building codes. The main concerns here are enclosures around the pool and possible permits for decking if it’s built around the pool. The Chapter 10-7 of the Austin, Texas Code of Ordinances covers pools and spas in the capital city. There it states that a permit is not needed for a pre-fab pool that is less than 5,000 gallons.

Breaking Ground on Your New Pool

Choosing the location is a critical decision. First and foremost you need to really assess whether your yard is suitable for a pool. Ask yourself the following:

  • Is your yard large enough?
  • Is your yard level enough?
  • Can you incorporate it with the other structures and landscaping that is currently in place?
  • Are there zoning restrictions against building or installing a pool on my property?
  • Are there any pipes, gas lines or cables underground where I want to build?
  • How easy is it to get excavating equipment to the pool site if I build an in ground pool?

As far as the zoning restrictions are concerned you’ll need to contact your local zoning board to verify that you can build or install the pool in a certain location. You’ll also need to contact local utility providers to have them come out and mark where all underground lines are located.

Insurance Considerations When You Get a Pool

Anytime you make an addition to your home you’ll need to let your insurance company know. Your homeowners insurance will have to be adjusted so that you’re properly covered. Some insurance companies won’t raise your premiums while others may bump it up a little because a pool can be considered a liability.

Decks and pools go hand-in-hand. If you want to incorporate a pool around your deck or build a deck around your new pool give Timbertown Austin a call. One of our decking experts can provide advice and tips on creating the perfect backyard oasis.

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