Swimming Pool

  1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project (If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter)
    In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side lot line and 30 feet from the rear property line
    In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side lot line and 30 feet from the rear property line
    Remember that corner lots are considered to have 2 front yards and 2 side yards
    Also, a pool must be a minimum of 10 feet from any other structure
  2. Obtain copy of Plot Plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation, regrading, associated construction and installation of required safety fence
  3. Obtain copy of septic system plan to assure location of swimming pool will meet required setbacks and not interfere with existing septic system components or whether septic system modifications will be necessary; Inground pool must be 10 feet from septic tank and 20 feet from the septic field; an above ground pool cannot be located on top of any septic components, or reserve septic area
  4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed swimming pool, as well as location of required surrounding safety fence and provide a description of the temporary and final fencing materials for approval by the Building Inspector Note: Plot Plans that are not certified (ie: Septic Plans, Mortgage Inspection Plans, etc.) may not be acceptable by the Building Department and a Certified Plot Plan, by a licensed surveyor may be required.
    Check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals (if the pool is close to the required setback, a certified plot plan may be required by the building department)
  5. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
  6. If work on the swimming pool and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
  7. Complete Frame Structural Plan (Contractor or architect may complete)
  8. Complete Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
  9. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site
Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.