Before you build a pool, your property has to undergo inspection. Often, your pool contractor will organize this process for you. Local authorities have to evaluate your property before you start construction. Here, they check for underground cables, obstacles and help you determine your property line. Once they approve the construction, you have to adhere to all the state guidelines. Otherwise, you will have to pay huge fines in the long run. Nonetheless, before you build a pool, always be mindful of the property line.
Typically, property lines are not visible. So, always hire a dependable surveyor to identify the lines for you. Some pool contractors can also identify these boundary lines. After knowing your property lines, you should build a pool within that space. Avoid overlapping on your neighbors’ property lines.
But most states recommend installing the pool about one meter from the property line. Remember, you don’t want to inconvenience your neighbors. Leaving out this space also boosts your home’s aesthetics. It would be best if you also allowed the pool to be the centerpiece of your backyard. So, construct the pool strategically while leaving at least one-meter distances from the property lines.
Leaving the space between the pool and the boundary lines makes your yard look exceptional. It enables the pool to blend with your outdoor living area. In turn, this increases the value of your property.
Identifying your property lines helps you build a pool far away from obstacles. So, you won’t interfere with underground cables. Remember that it all depends on your property. You can leave a distance of more than one meter when placing your pool. Always consult your pool contractor about it. If you have a large property, don’t construct the pool so far from your property line. Doing this won’t offer breathtaking views offered by the pool.
All pool owners desire to take advantage of the available space. So, if you have limited space, you should build a pool against the property line. Keep in mind that you don’t have to have access to the pool on all sides.
As much as scheduling an inspection before pool construction can be hectic, it would help if you don’t skip this process. Local authorities will advise you on the way forward and will ask you about your property lines. You need a survey expert to identify your property lines. Afterward, ensure that you install the pool based on the state guidelines. Doing this enables you to avoid future pool problems and hefty state fines. But note that different state guidelines vary. So, not all states require you to leave at least one-meter distance when you build a pool.
Sample setback requiremets for building a swimming pool (check your own local municipality for your own requirements).
A. Swimming pools may only be located within a distance equal to or less than the depth of the deepest excavation for such pool from any property line, building, or other structure if the plans and design calculations include a proper surcharge loading for possible or actual imposed building loads.
B. In no case shall a swimming pool be located within three-feet of a property line, building, or other structure. For the purposes of the minimum three-foot setback distance, the pool-side measurement shall be taken from the vertical plane of the inside face of the pool’s enclosure wall at grade level.
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