No Permits Will Be Issued In An Easement.
These examples below are meant as general guidelines and are subject to final approval by staff.
What you need:
- Plat of Survey
- Proof of proper fencing
- Building plans (if in-ground)
- Size of proposed pool
- HOA approval (if applicable)
Cost of Permit: Free (above-ground)
Information on Permits
- Both in-ground and above-ground pools with a capacity for containing water
over 24 inches in depth or with a capacity of over 100 cubic feet require a permit.
- Permit fees for above-ground pools are waived.
- In-ground pools require building and electrical permits, including fees.
- Both in-ground and above-ground pools (inclusive of attached deck and patio surfaces) are subject to the setback requirements as presented on the example plat of survey.
- Pools are not allowed in Public Utility Easements.
- Pools cannot be under or over any utility lines.
- Pools must be at least 10 ft. from any power lines.
- Pools can be placed within 3 ft. of a property line, provided that there are no easements.
- On corner lots pools must remain 20 ft. from the side property line.
- Pools are strictly prohibited in front yards.
- Attached decks/patios are prohibited in any Public Utility Easement.
- It is recommended that pools should be located a minimum of 6 ft. from the house.
- All structures (excluding driveways, sidewalks, pools, decks/patios, & fences) on a lot must cover no more than 30% of the total lot area.
- Whenever a project requires digging please contact JULIE, in advance, at: 1-800-892-0123, to mark underground utility lines.
For controlled access to a pool, the following is required:
- The yard (or pool) for both in-ground and above ground pools with a capacity for containing water over 24 inches in depth or with a capacity of over 100 cubic feet must be enclosed with a fence that is at least 4 ft. high.
- For above-ground pools at least 4 feet in height, a railing along the entire top of the pool with a lockable ladder/gate is an acceptable alternative.
- Sec. 8-482. Fencing required.
All persons owning or possessing or having control of a family swimming pool or a portable family swimming pool shall enclose said pool, or the entire lot where said pool is located, with a fence or wall of a minimum height of four (4) feet in such a manner as to prevent uncontrolled access by children from public areas or from adjacent lots.
(Ord. No. 5347, § 2, 8-5-69; Ord. No. 7456, § 9, 1-6-81)
- Sec. 8-483. Proof of contract for fencing prerequisite to issuance of permit.
The building inspector shall require proof of a contract for the supply and/or erection of any fence required by section 8-482 of this article prior to granting any building permits for the construction or erection of a family swimming pool or a portable family swimming pool.
(Ord. No. 5347, § 4, 8-5-69; Ord. No. 7456, § 9, 1-6-81)
Note: At two intersecting streets, alleys, and driveways, there are additional requirements that must be met to protect the visibility of automotive traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Joliet City Hall is located at:
150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, Il 60432