A permit is required for the construction of the pool, hot tub, or tank with over 24-inches of water or 300 gallons. Pools requiring a fence must apply for a fence permit at the same time as the pool permit. 

Application Requirements:

  1. Application for pool
  2. Site plan drawn on a plat or survey, labeled with all distances from property lines, easements, and existing structures. Pool equipment location must also be shown on the site plan. Fence location should also be shown (either existing or new).
  3. Pool Construction Plans. View the Residential Pool Building Guide listed on the right-side menu bar for specific details that must be included in your submittal. 
  4. Fence design and gate specifications. View the Residential Pool Building Guide for specific details that the design must meet. 
  5. Erosion Control Plan for any property within 200 feet of State Waters.
  6. Construction Approval form from the Fayette Health Department for lots on septic systems. 

Minimum Standards:


No portion of a swimming pool, pumping equipment or other related swimming pool accessory equipment shall be closer to the property lines than 4 feet. However, no swimming pool shall be placed in the front yard of any lot containing less than 3 acres.

Water Supply

There shall be no physical connection between a potable water supply below the maximum water level of the pool, or to a re-circulating or heating system of a pool, unless such physical connection is so installed and operated that no pool water can be discharged or siphoned into a potable water supply system.

Safety Fence

Every swimming pool shall be completely enclosed by a fence or wall of durable construction, designed to inhibit climbing. All fences or walls enclosing pools shall be constructed to deny access beneath or through them other than by use of gates or doors.

The fence or wall, including all gates and doors, shall not be less than 4 feet in height. All gates and doors shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices. If a gate or door providing access to a pool area is greater than 4 feet in height, the latch must be installed at least 4 feet above the ground. If the gate or door is 4 feet in height, the latch can be no lower than 6 inches from the top of the gate or door.

No portion of a fence or wall shall be installed less than 3 feet from the nearest point of the water in the pool. A residence or other permanent building may form part of a required fence or wall, provided it is at least 4 feet in height and offers no less of a barrier than the fence or wall itself.

The information contained herein is not all-inclusive. View the Residential Pool Building Guide for additional information. 

Apply Online:

Click the red button below to apply for a permit.  Please, DO NOT EMAIL ANY PERMIT APPLICATIONS OR FILES. Only files submitted through the portal will be accepted.