Pools are all fun, games and cannon balls! Well, at least your pool will be once it is installed. First, there is that little matter of building regulations. Yes, pools do have to comply with building regulations. In fact, they are subject to codes and regulations at the state and municipal level. It is even possible that parts of your pool project will be regulated by your homeowners association. Knowing all of the guidelines up front will help your pool project run smoothly so you can get on to the fun part!
Every state has their own set of regulations when it comes to pool building. Although, many are similar, it is necessary that you find out what the regulations are in your state. Your pool builder should be very familiar with the state regulations in their area. They can help you navigate all of them with ease, as they use them regularly. However, it is always important to do your own research. Pool companies can be held liable for not following regulations. Homeowners can also be fined if proper procedures aren’t followed. If you live in Illinois, you will find a complete list of the state regulations on pools here: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700820sections.html.
Municipal codes are a little more challenging because they vary from place to place. It is harder for pool companies to stay up to date on the codes for every area. As the homeowner, it is important that you know the codes for your area. Make sure the company you hire knows them too. One of the best ways to find the most up to date information is to do an internet search for “pool building codes in _______”, fill in the blank with your town name. Then choose the official site for your town. It will likely end with .org or possibly .gov. For example, when you search “pool building codes in Homer Glen IL”, the first item that pops up is https://www.homerglenil.org/2193/Swimming-Pools. Here you will find a complete list of the codes for Homer Glen. Your pool builder can also help you find the municipal codes that you must follow.
If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association (HOA), you are probably aware that they have a guideline for pretty much everything. It is very likely that they have guidelines for backyard pools too. In an effort to comply with your HOA, and to keep all of the neighbors happy, you should obtain a copy of your HOA guidelines. Make sure you know what the guidelines are. Then, operate within them. It also wouldn’t hurt to invite everyone over for a pool party when your project is completed.
Pool Building Regulations aren’t fun, but they are a necessary part of your pool project. Make sure that you know what is required and that you follow it. Working with a well respected local pool builder will make following those regulations easier since they deal with the regulations all the time. Here at Aqua Pools we are up to date on the latest codes and regulations in our area. We would love to help you navigate your pool project so you can relax and look forward to your new backyard pool.