Permits and code requirements to install an in-ground pool in NYC

  • April 26, 2019
  • dominickciccarelli
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Summers can be really hot in New York City, so having a backyard in-ground pool can help you beat the heat while spending quality time with friends and family. According to Dominick Ciccarelli, a licensed contractor with New York State, the construction and zoning of the backyard pool requirements are many. Therefore, there are two types of pools that don’t require a permit from the Department of Buildings. These include:

  • Outdoor in-ground pools with less than 400 square feet area with an existing slop sink connected to a sanitary sewer for drainage.
  • Above-ground pools with less than 48 inches depth and not more than 500 square feet in area.

Although a permit is not required to install these pools, you need to abide by the NYC Building Code standards while installing them. You can visit www.nyc.gov/buildings to check the NYC Building Code and regulation to install an in-ground pool, especially see rule 44 and sections 27-488. Other types of pools require the permit and plan to be filed by a registered architect prior to construction.

Whether your pool requires approval or not, it must comply with the following general rules.

  • Make sure the permanent markings that show the breakpoints, depth of the shallow end, and deep end are visible from inside as well as outside the pool.
  • Your pool must be installed with a continuous fence that should be at least four feet high above the ground having a childproof, closed, and self-closing gate.
  • The in-ground pool should be located nearly five feet from any lot line unless the lot width is less than 25 feet. In such a case, the pool must be located at least three feet from the side of the yard lot line. Plus, it must be concealed from the adjoining lots by a solid, continuous and opaque six-feet high fence.
  • If you’re installing metal safety fence, make sure they are grounded to prevent them from getting electrically charged.
  • There should not be any overhead electrical conductors within 15 feel of your pool.
  • To install a gas-fired pool heater, a registered architect must file for Building Department approval, while an electrician must file for an electrical pool heater approval.
  • Drainage lines must be connected to a slop sink, and you must secure approval for alternative drainage methods.

 
Summer is fast approaching! If you’re considering to install an in-ground in your backyard, make sure your it comply with these requirements. To know more about in-pool installation in NYC, approach Architecture Dominick Ciccarelli.