Swimming pools are not regulated by the Province of Ontario, but are instead enforced by Township By-Law No. 2020-16. All pools other than pools that hold less than 2 feet of water must have a pool enclosure (locking gate, lid or ladder). Permits for a pool enclosure are available at the Township Office. In order for a pool enclosure permit to be issued, a site plan drawing must be submitted. For an example of a site plan drawing, click here. If you have any questions regarding the By-law, please contact Planning, Building and Enforcement staff at the Township Office.
Please note that an application is only considered complete when form and site plan are submitted with the applicable permit application fee. In addition, if you are a tenant of a property, the owner of the lands where the pool will be situated needs to sign an Agent Authorization Form.
Pool pumping, filtration and heating equipment must be located a minimum of 1.2 m from the pool itself, so as to minimize climbing access to the pool. In addition, the equipment must be enclosed to divert noise from neighbouring dwellings that are closer than 10 m said equipment.
If you are proposing to build a deck at the same time as your pool enclosure, you will be required to complete a building permit application form to be submitted with the necessary plans and deck design. Building permit applications can be found on our website here.
The Township has laid out potential fines within the By-law for pools that are non-compliant. Pools that do not comply with the provisions of the By-law are subject to a fine and the pool may be drained by the Township with the Owner bearing the cost under Section 14.3 of the Pool Enclosure By-law.