A guide to prepare your development engineering permit application for a pool, hot tub or pond.

Make sure you plan ahead before you start your pool, hot tub or pond project so you can identify things that my impact your project during the planning stage, while your project is underway, and after it's complete.

Project preparation

To reduce the risk of a potential drowning, all types of pools (including inflatable ones), hot tubs and landscape pond features must:

  • Be enclosed by a fence, restricted by a lockable gate, if the depth capacity exceeds 60 centimetres (two feet)
  • Adhere to the appropriate setbacks from the property line. 
  • Hot tubs require lockable lids if the property is not fenced or gated. 

Learn more about the Pool Enclosure By-law. Call 905-338-4407 for more information.

The Zoning By-law regulations may also impact your project.

Pool permit inspections are required at several stages of the process and prior to the return of posted securities. Inspections are typically carried out within two or three working days of the request. For more information visit the Development Engineering Permits page.

For additional approvals, you may need to contact other town departments or other agencies.

To add a pool to your property you will need a development engineering permit. Visit our Development Engineering Permits page for details.

A wood deck surrounding your above-ground pool requires a building permit application and applicable building inspections. Please contact the Building Services department at 905-338-4220 to discuss your project details.

Did you know that there are special requirements if your project is near a town-owned tree? Are you thinking about cutting a tree down on your property? 

Visit the Tree Protection and Removal page for permit details and applications.