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Does an above-ground pool require a building permit?
Thursday, June 14, 2018
No, that inflatable kiddie pool you bought at Walmart does not need a permit. But any pool, above ground or not, with water 24-inches deep or more requires a permit and inspection by the local building department according to the International Residential Code (IRC) and Florida Building Code (FBC).
Some might call this another crazy government intrusion on the rights of citizens to enjoy their private property without being hassled. But the issue is child safety. Two feet is the level at which a small child can drown and the code restrictions are intended to limit access for children, both yours and any others in the neighborhood that might wander onto the property, from falling into an unattended pool. See our blog post Does an above-ground pool have to comply with code requirements for a swimming pool barrier?
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