Swimming Pool Requirements
Above Ground Pools With Fence:
Above ground pools will be considered to be protected when the property has a fence around the perimeter and has self-closing and latching gates and swings outward away from the pool. If that is the case, any type of ladder can be used.
Above Ground Pools Without Fence:
Above ground pools will not be considered protected without a fenced in yard (as above). If this is the case, the pool can act as the barrier so long as it is a minimum of 48 inches above finished grade. Also, the ladder that is used must be protected as per code. If you are installing the top guards (the ones that attach to the top of the pool frame), you must still protect the ladder as above. All latches must be 52" above grade.
Wood fencing requires a maximum space between slats of 4".
Chain link fencing must meet current code.
Any fencing around your property that belongs to a neighbor requires you to obtain a signed agreement from your neighbor allowing their fence to protect your pool.
In-Ground Pool Permits for the Building Sub-Code is $250.00
Above Ground pool permits for the Building Subcode is $150.00
Fence Permit for a pool is $50.00.
Electric requirements for pools
Inground pools for the Electric Subcode is $165.00
Above ground pools for the Electric Subcode is $85.00
Requirements for Plumbing
Inground pools for Plumbing Subcode is $100.00 (more if heater is installed) Drains must have anti entrapment covers complying with the Virginia Graeme act.
Permit fee will be the total of all three fees listed above for that type of pool.
Building inspections for pools:
Above ground pools - requires a final inspection only.
In-ground pools - requires a pre-collar, collar & final inspection.
Any questions should be directed to the Building Sub-Code Official.
Plumbing inspections for inground pools only:
pool drains, final (for pool heater)
Electric Inspections for pools:
Above ground pools- trench and final.
In-ground pools- trench, bonding, and final.