All swimming pools (including in-ground, aboveground and on-ground), hot tubs and spas that contain water over 24 inches deep require a Building Permit.
From section 804.4 Board of Health swimming pool regulations are as follows:
Walls of all residential pools must be:
- 10 feet from side and rear lines;
- 25 feet from the street;
- 10 feet from the septic tank.
For in-ground pools only:
- 20 feet from leaching part of the septic system;
- 50 feet from private potable well.
To apply for a Building Permit please submit the following:
- A Building Permit Application signed by the homeowner & contractor.
- Contractor License & insurance information needs to be on file with the Building Department.
- A Worker's Compensation Affidavit.
- A Homeowner's Affidavit (if the applicant is the homeowner instead of a contractor).
- Two sets of pool plans.
- Two copies of a certifed site plan showing the proposed pool location, location and size of fence and gate stamped by a surveyor.
- Any pool that is deeper than 2 feet or larger than 250 sq feet in arearequires an enclosure conforming to the 780 CMR MA State Building Code Section: AG105. Basically, the fence or protective barrier shall be not less than 4 feet in height, non-climbable, have a self-latching device on all gates and completely enclose the swimming pool.
- No water may be placed in pool until the fence is erected.
- A vaild Title 5 Inspection or Certificate of Compliance will be required.
- An Electrical Permit Application to wire and ground the pool.
- If the pool will be heated with a gas, a licensed Plumber/Gasfitter will be required to apply for a Gas Permit.
- After excavation and reinforcing steel is installed (if applicable).
- Electrical Inspector must inspect the bonding.
- Final inspection after all work is completed and an enclosure conforming to MA State Building Code is installed.