Pools, spas and hot tubs must be permitted, installed and inspected in accordance with the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. All pools must have a barrier to help prevent the accidental drowning of children. Statistics show that most drownings in pools are children who actually live in or were visiting the home that had the pool.
To apply for a pool or hot tub permit you will need:
- Building/Zoning Permit Application completed and signed along with all associated forms below.
- Shrink/Swell Soils Form
- 2 copies of building plan or manufacture’s installation guide and supporting documents. Please note; plans for in ground gunite pools must be designed and signed/sealed by a registered design professional.
- 2 copies of a plat showing the proposed pool with the setbacks marked.
- Pool Fence Affidavit signed by the Home Owner.
- Health Department Verification - Applications will be accepted without verification form, however must be provided before issuance of the permit will take place.
- Contractor information- VA State Contractor’s license & Fauquier County Business License for all contractor’s associated with the project.
- Fees. If the walk-thru process is utilized, all fees must be paid at time of submission/walk-through. Otherwise, base fees are paid up front and remainder of fees are paid when permit is issued. See our current Fee Schedule for more specific fee information. Fees are payable by exact cash, credit card or check – starter checks will NOT be accepted. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard & Discover and will only be accepted in person. A convenience fee of 2.5% will be added to all credit card transactions.
Review and Approval Process
Pools may be permitted same day utilizing our walk-thru process.
If dropping off for review, the application is reviewed by Zoning staff and the Building Plans Reviewer. See Plan Review for more detail about the Building Plans Review process. The review process generally takes 2-3 weeks if plans are complete at time of first submission. If not, additional time is required for resubmission and review.
Once all reviews are complete Permitting staff will contact the applicant to let them know the permit is ready to issue.
When returning to pick up the permit you will need to pay the remaining fees. The balance due will be provided by Permitting staff when they call.
During the construction process periodic inspections are required. See Inspections for more details about the inspection process and Required Pool Inspections for details about the types of inspections required for pools.
Please note that the Final Inspection cannot be approved until the Pool Barrier is in place. Because many homeowners hire a separate contractor to construct the barrier around a pool, coordination of the Homeowner may be required to assure the barrier is in place before the final inspection. Failure to have an approved Final Inspection for a pool may create liability issues for the Homeowner.