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Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

When is a Residential Swimming Pool Permit Required?

A Permit is required for any Private Swimming Pool.  A Private Swimming Pool is defined as - Any swimming pool built on the grounds of a single family residence and used solely by the owner, immediate family, tenants, and guests.

What is the Purpose of the Permit?

The Residential Permit is to ensure that the structure has been approved and is zoned for such location and use.  The permit also regulates compliance with all other Montgomery County Codes and agencies.

What is the Application Process?

An applicant will need to apply for a "Residential Building Permit".  To apply you will need:

  • A completed application
  • Two copies of the plans and specifications for the swimming pool
  • Plans and specification must be drawn to scale and contain:
    • Location diagram / site plan
    • Pool layout, including all equipment
    • Piping layout
    • Filter room layout (if applicable)
    • Equipment specifications - Make and model number must be submitted for all NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) equipment. Specifications sheets must be submitted for all non-NSF equipment.
    • Structural sections
    • Finish schedule of all surfaces

Swimming pool barriers: Swimming pools installed prior to January 1, 1990 must be protected by a fence at least 42" tall or by an automatic swimming pool cover. All swimming pools installed after January 1, 1990 must comply with the building codes and regulations in force at the time of construction.

Additionally, for ANY land disturbance over 5000 sq ft OR 100 cubic yards of earth movement (which applies to most in-ground swimming pools) a Sediment Control Permit is required.  A Public Right of Way Permit is required for access to work area off of the public street.

What is the Residential Walk Thru/Fast Track Permit Process?

This process was developed to obtain building permits for eligible projects while you wait. If the application meets these guidelines and all applicable legislation, in most cases, you will leave with the permit after a single visit in a timely manner. If the application cannot be completely processed, it will be returned to your team with partial approvals. If the application is for a complex design, structural modifications, or unusual design, it will require extensive reviews. Therefore, the application will be taken in for regular review process. Applications must be on the Residential Walk-Thru Fast Track Queue before 2:30 PM - otherwise applications may not be reviewed by the building plan reviewers while you wait and applications would be taken in for regular review process. 

Application Package
Application for Swimming Pool Application for Residential Building Permit
Roadside Tree Affidavit Roadside Tree Affidavit
Sediment Control Permit Application and Information Sediment Control Permit
Public Right of Way Permit Appication and Information Public Right of Way Permit
Fees and Taxes
Fee Schedules Executive Regulation Fees
Automation Enhancement Fee Automation Enhancement Fee
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
No Bonds for Swimming Pool but bonds required for Sediemnt Control and Public Right of Way Permits  Bond Information
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Chapter 8 Montgomery County Code Chapter 8
Chapter 51 Montgomery County Code Chapter 51
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
  BCP Required Permits for Spa-Hot Tubs
  BCP Pool Barriers with Wire Mesh
What and When Inspections Are Required Residential Inspections Timing Checklist
Buildings Notice of Required Building Inspections
Decks Notice of Required Deck Inspections
Third Party Third Party Inspections
Scheduling Residential Inspections Page
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Swimming Pool"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Search Search DPS
Call for More Information
In Montgomery County 311
Outside of Montgomery County 240-777-0311
Other Agencies to Contact
Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact Allegheny Power
  American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)
  Board of Appeals
  Historical Preservation
  International Code Council (ICC)
  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
  Maryland Department of the Environment
  Maryland Division of State Documents
  Masonry Institute of America (MIA)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.