Swimming Pool Permits

This guide will help you obtain a Permit for an enclosure around your in-ground or above-ground pool.


The Pool Enclosure By-law No. 32-98A, as amended, requires every owner of a privately owned outdoor pool to erect and maintain an enclosure around their pool. Our prime concern is to make the "pool" inaccessible to small children. The by-law states, that no person shall construct or place a pool on his or her property without first obtaining a pool enclosure permit. A "pool" is defined as a privately owned outdoor pool of water for swimming, bathing, wading or reflecting which is capable of retaining a water depth equal or greater than 600 mm (24 in.) at any point.


Your completed application form must be submitted with the appropriate fee as noted in our Permit Fee By-law along with two sets of plans and specifications. Incomplete applications or drawings will not be processed.

The plans shall consist of a site plan indicating:

  • the proposed location of the pool, size of pool (square footage) and its distance from all lot lines, buildings and structures including all decks or sheds
  • the location of all easements, rights-of-way, landscaping features, retaining walls, and location of septic beds where applicable
  • the proposed location of pool equipment such as the filter, heater or pump
  • the type and height of fence(s) to be constructed and the location of all gates, a detailed construction plan of the fence may also be required
  • estimated value of work.


Fences shall be designed and installed to reasonably deter children from gaining access to the fenced-in area. Every enclosure shall be at least 1.2 metres (four feet) in height and constructed of closed board or other approved design such that the fence is unclimbable. Chain link fence is not acceptable. Construction details of the fence must be provided as part of the application submission.