Swimming Pools

The following is for any structure for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water more than 24 inches deep.

Permit Applications

All pool permit applications must contain the following information:

  • Site plan indicating the location of the pool (Site plan must be stamped by the Electric Utility) in relation to property lines and the distance the pool will be from any structures.
  • Measurements will be made to the water’s edge of the pool.

Location and set back requirements include:

  • The pool must be located at least five feet (8') from the rear property line.
  • The pool can not be located in front or side yard abutting a street
  • Easements - Pools, pool decks and pool equipment cannot be located within any easement.
  • Buildings - Pools must be located no less than 5’ from buildings with foundations and at least one foot (1') for every one foot (1') of depth - measured to any point of excavation. For example, if a portion of a pool is five feet (5') deep, that portion of the pool must be located at least five feet (5') from a building that utilizes a foundation.
  • Pool Equipment- Pool equipment cannot be located within the front yard of a lot or within an easement. Pool equipment cannot be attached to a common fence separating an adjoining property. Pool equipment cannot be installed in a drainage swale and designated drainage flows.
  • Septic Systems (OSSF) - The setback requirements from the spray area of a surface irrigation system is twenty-five feet (25'). The setback requirements from subsurface disposal and all other system types is five feet (5').
  • A completed permit application. Applications must include the name of the plumbing and electrical contractors. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Inspection Requirements

  • The following inspections are required for every pool constructed in the City of Pilot Point. At all times during the construction of the pool, a temporary fence that is at least thirty-six inches (36") in height must completely surround the pool. Whenever an inspection is performed and the temporary fence does not completely surround the pool, the pool company will be subject to a re-inspection fee as well as citations. When calling for an inspection, verify that all dogs are removed from the pool area.
  • Belly Steel and Pool Placement Inspection - This inspection is required prior to the placement of any Gunite within the pool. Rebar must be a minimum size of three-eighths inch (3/8") and located no more than twelve inches (12") on center each way. This inspection will not be made if the Building Official determines that it is too wet. All rained out inspections must be recalled.
  • Deck Steel, Electrical Bond, Electrical Underground and Plumbing - before any concrete is placed for the pool deck, the placement of steel and the electrical bond shall be inspected and approved. The concrete deck shall be a minimum thickness of three and one-half inches (31/2"). Rebar must be a minimum size of three-eighths inch (3/8") and located no more than eighteen inches (18") on center each way. The bond conductor shall be a minimum size of #8 AWG. A minimum of four (4) ground clamps that are evenly spaced around the pool shall be required to electrically bond the pool from stray ground current. All electrical conductors buried in the ground shall be inspected and approved prior to covering. All electrical wiring and conduit buried in the ground must be inspected prior to covering with dirt. All pool plumbing shall be subjected to a minimum water test of twenty (20) p.s.i. This inspection will not be made if the Building Official determines that it is too wet. All rained out inspections must be recalled.
  • P-Trap and Gas Line - All pools that have City sewer provided on the property must have a P-trap. A permanent drain line must be run from the pool pump to the P-trap to allow for the drainage of the pool (Sec. 26-136(j)) All pools that have City sewer provided on the property require a P-trap and a permanent drain line (backwash line). No exceptions are given for special filters (such as cartridge filters). No portion of the P-trap or backwash line may be covered until the inspection has been approved. Where a gas piping system is utilized that contains a working pressure greater than 1/2 p.s.i., an air test of at least ten pounds per square inch (10 p.s.i) on a diaphragm gauge that has a set hand and has a maximum range of twenty (20) p.s.i. For portions of gas piping that are regulated to a working pressure of less than 1/2 p.s.i,  a 3-psi test with a diaphragm gauge that has a set hand and has a maximum range of six (6) p.s.i. is acceptable. Poly gas lines must be buried at least eighteen inches (18") below the ground with a copper tracer wire not less than 18 gauge.
  • Pool Final - All pool work must be completed. At least one (1) GFCI protected receptacle is required between ten feet (10') and twenty feet (20') from the edge of the pool. All pool lights (except fiber optic lights) must be GFCI protected. Curbs, City sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation systems located in the right-of-way will be inspected to verify that no damage was done during construction. All windows within five feet (5') of the edge of the water must be safety glass. All ground wires and flexible conduit must be strapped to sturdy risers. The pool final inspection must be approved no later than forty-five (45) days after approval of the pre-plaster inspection. Failure to obtain the pool final inspection within forty-five (45)days of approval of the pre-plaster inspection is a violation of City ordinance and cause for the issuance of citations and revocation of contractor registration within the City.

Fence Requirements

  • The top of the barrier must be at least forty-eight inches (48") above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between the grade and the bottom of the barrier must be two inches (2") measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool.
  • When barriers have horizontal members spaced less than forty-five inches (45") apart, the horizontal members shall be placed on the pool side of the barrier. Any decorative design work on the side away from the swimming pool, such as protrusions, indentations, or cutouts, which render the barrier easily climbable, are prohibited.
  • When vertical spacing between such openings is forty-five inches (45") or more, the opening size may be increased such that the passage of a four inch (4") diameter sphere is not allowed.
  • For fencing composed of vertical and horizontal members, the spacing between vertical members may be increased up to four inches (4") when the distance between the tops of horizontal members is forty-five inches (45") or more.
  • Chain link fences used as the barrier must not be less than eleven (11) gauge and must not allow the passage of a 1 3/4 inch diameter sphere.
  • Pedestrian access gates shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than fifty-four inches (54") from the bottom of the gate.
  • Pedestrian gates must swing away from the pool. Any gates other than pedestrian access gates must be equipped with lockable hardware or padlocks and must always remain locked when not in use.

Related Documentation

Residential Pool Protection Device

See our Code of Ordinances for additional information

  1. Permits


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    102 E Main Street
    Pilot Point, TX 76258