Frequently Asked Questions

Installing a pool or a hot tub? Better read this first.


If you are planning to install a swimming pool, hot tub or any other artificial body of water that may be used for swimming or bathing, you will need to obtain a building permit from the Building & By-Law Services Division.


Along with your fully completed application forms, you will need to submit the following:

Every private swimming pool shall be secured against entry of the public other than tenants or their guests.

No barbed wire or device for projecting an electric current shall form part of a fence or gate.

Where a privately owned swimming pool is used at night or if the pool is situated where adequate natural illumination is not available, a lighting system shall be provided. Such lighting shall be directed away from adjacent residential properties.


Every residential swimming pool shall be secured with the required fencing. The exception is where a pool is erected above grade to a minimum of 4' above the ground provided that:

Certain construction requirements need to be met depending on the type of fence you plan on erecting. Please speak with someone in the Building & By-Law Services Division for these requirements.

(per Zoning By-law 050-2014)


If you are planning to construct a deck with your pool, the Building & By-Law Services Division will include the deck with the permit issued for the swimming pool provided the following items are met:


Every person who erects or constructs a private swimming pool or fence around a swimming pool shall pay the required permit fee at time of application for permit. Please contact the Building & By-Law Services Division for current fees.


Every person who contravenes any of the provisions of the Swimming Pool By-law shall be liable to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) and not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) for each and every offence.

For further information, please contact:

Building & By-Law Services Division
(613) 342-8772  Ext. 4425

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