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    Inground Pool Kit Plans & Permits

    January 27, 2014


    With each inground pool kit we provide a detailed written pool kit installation manual for you to use as a guideline during the installation process. Also included are the Digging specifications and panel layout. When you are beginning the inground pool project the first thing you want to do is pin or layout where your swimming pool is going to be located. You do this by looking at the second page of the Dig Specs this will give you all of dimensions you need to stake out your swimming pool.

    The second page of the Dig Specs also provides you with how many panels are included with your kit and breakdown of each pool panel. The first page of the Dig Specs shows you the panel layout on how the panels are supposed to be located to construct your steel or polymer swimming pool kit. All of the necessary information for your excavator is also included on the first page this gives him all of the measurements of the pool and also the necessary depths to dig the pool.

    Property Plat Pool Plans

    In regards to obtaining a residential building permit for an inground pool, go down to your local town hall and talk to your building inspector and find out what is required where you live. There is no universal building code every state and towns are different. POOL-PLOT-PLANSOne document you will probably need is a plot plan in order to receive your pool permit. Plot plans are detailed diagrams of your property to show the location of where you are going to install the swimming pool. This will help the building inspector determine if you have enough room in your backyard to build a swimming pool in the area that you chose.

    Start with the plot plan typically found in your home mortgage paperwork. Make a copy and draw in the location of the pool in your backyard, indicating the setback distances from all of your property lines -both sides, rear and distance from the home to the pool. If you have a septic tank or septic field indicate that on the drawing also. Any easements on your property should also be shown on your pool plot plan.

    Be sure to call811, to mark utilities on your property. Utilities (gas, water, cable, phone, power) normally run along easements on the inside edge of properties, and do not generally cut across the backyard, but you may want to call811 before choosing a solid location, just to be sure.

    Most communities require setbacks - a setback is the distance or how far the pool has to be located from a certain point. The plot plan combined with the required setbacks will help determine the size pool you can build. There is no universal distance for setbacks but the normal range is from 5ft to 20 ft. from a property line, check with your local building inspector to find out what it is where you live. The minimum distance from the home also varies so check on that also before you draw up your plot plan to submit with your permit application.

    If you have a septic system in your home there are also set back requirements for that also typically the pool must be at least 10ft away from the septic tank and 20ft away from the septic field but check with your local building inspector for your local set back requirements. Also, if you have a designated wetland or RPA (resource protected area) within 100ft of the pool location you may need to speak to your local conservation commission.

    tree-with-deep-roots - ClkerOther location factors to consider include trees and sun exposure. You do not want to locate your pool in an area close to large trees, or tree litter will be a chore, and invasive roots could damage your pool. Too many deciduous trees nearby will fill your pool with leaves in the fall. This happened to my sister in law; I told her when she was building the pool about this problem but she didn't want to listen. Now she battles leaf litter all year, and her pool stays shaded, making the water cooler.

    The terrain of your pool is important, as the pool should be 6 inches or more higher than the surrounding areas, with excellent storm water drainage. Sloped backyards, hills or cliffs near the pool may require retaining walls, which are best avoided if possible, to keep pool project costs lower.

    Pool Deck Plans

    When building your inground pool there are many different pool deck options that you can have for surrounding your pool. Some of the more popular options are concrete, stamped concrete, brick pavers, stone or tile. Choose your pool deck type before ordering your swimming pool kit so that we can provide you with the correct pool coping and pool step for your particular application.

    In regards to landscaping a pool, there are many different options and everyone likes something different. Pool landscaping typically takes time; I built my pool 10 years ago and I would still tell you that my landscaping is not finished. The easiest thing to do, if money is no issue is to hire a landscape company to design and install your new landscape around the new pool. That was obviously not my situation.

    Pool Plumbing Plans

    POOL-PLUMBING-PLANSWith each pool kit we do provide a plumbing diagram on how we recommend plumbing the pool but the plumbing does vary depending on what other additional accessories are added on to the pool kit. We also have several articles on plumbing an inground pool. Please give the SPP inground pool experts a call with any questions regarding the plumbing an inground swimming pool. It's a good idea to sketch out your plumbing, so you can easily count up the pipe and fittings needed for the job, and to visualize the plumbing configuration, especially for the equipment pad plumbing connecting the pump and filter.

    Pool Electric Plans

    In regards to your pool electrical plan check with your local building inspector to find out your local electrical code for inground pools. All pools typically require grounding of anything metal but some areas also require bonding. If you hire an electrician like I did with my pool - he should know all of the local electrical codes and will provide any needed plans. Also, when using a local electrician there is typically less hassle when it comes to your electrical inspections.

    Pool Plans & Permit Tips

    tip-6When applying for your residential building permit for your inground swimming pool I recommend bringing in a copy of the panel layout and dig specs for the pool you are going to build.

    tip-6Some towns require more information than others such as information on the pump or filter or pool lighting equipment. If you need anything, just give us a call and we can provide you with the necessary information.

    tip-6If your building inspector requires an engineered drawing with a raised seal give us a call we can provide, but there would be a small cost because we need have our engineer approve and seal the pool plan.  

    When your pool plans are coming together there are several actual printed plans that are used for permitting and building your inground pool. A plot plan is submitted for the permitting, and plumbing and electrical plans may be needed. A pool deck plan and a landscaping plan can be drawn up by a designer or architect, or sometimes just sketched on paper. The Dig Specs are used by your excavator and are provided by SPP for you.

    In summary and conclusion, to build your own inground pool - you'll need these pool plans:

    • Dig Specs and Panel layout
    • Pool Plot plan
    • Plumbing plan
    • Pool Deck plan
    • Pool Landscaping plan

    Chris Low
    SPP Pool Expert  

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