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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Swimming Pool Information

With the cancellations of camps, festivals and other outdoor social events, many residents are looking at improvements in their own backyards. The Community Development Department has seen an increase in permit applications for outdoor projects, house repairs, improving your patio or deck or installing a swimming pool. Some of these projects will require a Building Permit. Please contact the Community Development Department at 847-719-7484 or email prior to starting your work.

Notably, the Department has seen an increase in requests for the installation of above ground swimming pools. A swimming pool can be a fun family activity once complete, but know that it is important for any water feature to be installed and planned properly to ensure that all life-safety requirements are met.

There are specific Building Code requirements dictating where a swimming pool and its equipment can be located within a residential property. The proximity to the house, electrical lines and barriers surrounding the pool area are the first steps to consider.

The required setback from the pool to the house is required to be at least 10 feet. Electrical lines above the backyard area must be checked when planning the location of a pool, as these lines are required to be a specific distance above the pool water. An approved barrier or fence surrounding the pool area is also required; the minimum fence height is 48 inches (4 feet). Although the property may already have a fence, the height and type of fence may not meet the minimum Code requirements. The electrical requirements for swimming pool equipment (filter, pump and lighting) must comply with specific Electrical Code and Zoning Code requirements.

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