In order to install a pool or spa on a residential property, you must comply with various safety standards. In certain cases, you are also required to obtain a permit.
Compliance with various safety standards is required, based on the type of pool or spa you wish to install. You must also meet the specific requirements of your borough. These standards are intended in part to limit access to water for safety reasons.
Any pool with an above-ground height of less than 1.2 m (4 ft) is considered an in-ground pool and must meet the safety standards applicable to this type of pool.
Any pool with a minimum above-ground height of 1.2 m (4 ft) is considered an above-ground pool and must meet the safety standards applicable to this type of pool.
The above-ground spa is placed directly on the ground. Installation and usage standards vary, based on the borough.
The regulations stipulate that an in-ground spa is considered a pool. For this type of pool, you are thus required to comply with the same standards applicable to in-ground pools.
Other permit applications
If your pool or spa project calls for the installation of a fence or a platform or for a tree to be felled, you may be required to apply for other permits.
Demolition of an existing pool
A permit may be required to demolish an in-ground pool.
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