Pools are sought out by homeowners in this present generation. Being able to have a dip at the privacy of your own home just gives you luxury and pleasure. Yet, aside from the resources and the financial capabilities you would need to build one, homeowners and even resort owners have the same inquiry in mind —- Are permits still necessary to build a pool?
The quick answer to the question is YES. Unlike shades and other extensions to your home, pools need to have a building permit first before you start the work. As it does have underlying considerations like the area and the water systems, people who aspire to build a pool must always secure a planning permit.
How do I start?
Securing a permit is done first by appointing a registered building surveyor, either private or municipal. They are the ones tasked to ensure that the legal requirements are followed, and carry out inspections and check whether or not the pool is done correctly. Moreover, building surveyors are there to guide you before, during, and when the work is done, providing you with an occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection once the work is completed.
How can I apply?
You must first need to have a detailed design, filtration systems, and water recirculation plans to hand to your surveyor. It must follow regular standards, and be done by registered practitioners who specialize in everything you need for the pool. Nonetheless, a list of practitioners must be provided once you apply for a permit, seeking to validate them accordingly to avoid mishaps during the building process.
When can I start?
Once you have a permit, you can start within 12 months from the date it was issued. However, you need to remember that it should be done within 6 months once it commences. Thus, if ever the pool is not done within the given timeframe, building the pool should be put to a halt.
Can I have an extension?
Yes, you can always have an extension of 6 months isn’t enough for you. However, the extension should be at the building surveyor’s discretion, so it is best to inform them ahead of time so you won’t have to go through the application process again.
What if my permit lapses?
If you have already secured a permit and it lapses before or during the construction, a building permit must be issued again. You may secure another permit from a different surveyor, but it would be best to choose the same surveyor who is already familiar with the detailed plan for the pool.
What if the pool is built together with my home?
Permits on building a home are always a must. Yet, if you have a pool that goes with your home plan, you don’t need to secure another permit anymore. Still, the pool must be completed just in time when the home is completed. Nonetheless, for those who want a pool but do not have the planning together with their home, you can opt to revise your building plans so you can have one permit only.
May it be for a home or a resort, building a pool must always have permission from authorized practitioners. It’s a necessary precaution to construct a pool that is safe, secure, and beautiful at the same time.