Swimming Pool - Any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading that is over 150 square feet, exceed 5000 gallons, and contains water over 24 inches deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground, on-ground pools, and fixed-in-place wading pools.
A fence or barrier must enclose all swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas that contain water more than 24 inches in depth. Contact the building inspection division for height and size requirements of the fence or barrier.
Questions regarding swimming pools can be answered by the Community Development Building Inspections Division at 540-432-7700.
What permits are needed?
What information is required?
Information required on application:
Once an application has been submitted, it is forwarded to the planning and zoning division for review for zoning requirements. It is then returned to the building inspections division for final review, approval and issuance of the building permit.
Building: footers for decking, and slab (before poured), and final (after all other inspections passed and the barrier or fencing [minimum of 48 inches high] is in place).
Electrical: pool bonding, rough-in (for receptacles, lighting, pool motors, panelboards), and final (after all receptacles, lighting, and equipment are in place and ready for operation).
Plumbing: slab (before any piping is covered), service (where being connected to sewer), and final (ready for operation).
Posting of Permits
The building, electrical, and plumbing permits shall be displayed on the outside of the building or premises where it is plainly visible from the street, and shall not be removed until all work on the swimming pool is completed, inspected, and approved.
Codes in Effect
Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, most current edition as adopted by the state.
Special Electrical Requirements
There are many specialized electrical requirements for swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. Because they involve the presence of water, electricity, and people who may come in contact with both, these requirements are critical for the safety of the user. Electrical requirements for swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas vary greatly depending on type, location, and equipment selected for the use with the pool. The basic information provided in the pamphlet is NOT to be construed as being applicable to all pools, hot tubs, or spas, nor is it to be construed as all the information required for a single pool.