Residential Swimming Pool Regulations in Los Angeles

Residential Swimming Pool Regulations in Los Angeles, California

Updated residential swimming pool regulations in Los Angeles. The requirements for the design and construction of swimming pools in Los Angeles are regulated by the following codes and regulations:

  • The State provisions for Public Swimming Pools are found in 2016 California Building Code (CBC) Chapter 31B
  • 2017 Los Angeles Building Code (LABC) Sections 3109, 6109, and 8118 shall apply to all pools

Permanently Installed Residential Outdoor In-Ground Swimming Pool or Spa

LA City Green Building Code Section 4.304.5 requires any permanently installed outdoor in-ground swimming pool or spa for one and two-family dwellings to be equipped with a cover having a manual or power-operated reel system.

General Permit Requirements for Building a Private Pool?

A Combined Building-Mechanical permit is required to be obtained to construct private pools pursuant to LABC Section 107.2.2. However the exception to this requirements is neither building nor combined building-mechanical permits are required for the building the following pools:

  • Swimming, bathing, and wading pools not exceeding 24 inches in depth and not exceeding a surface area of 250 square feet.

mechanical permit shall be obtained for any additional gas or electrical outlets installed for any of the exceptions noted above. Moreover, a grading permit shall be required to obtain for excavations when the pool requires a building permit or combined Building-Mechanical permit and the lot is located in the grading hillside area.

Pool Enclosure Construction Permit Requirement Los Angeles

A separate permit to construct the pool enclosure is required, if any portion of the enclosure is constructed by a masonry contractor with stone or concrete higher than 3.5 feet as per Section 106.2 of LABC.

Pool Building Plan Requirements for City of Los Angeles

Two sets of pool building plans and one set of calculations are required for all pools at the time of permit issuance. Each set of plans must include a fully dimensioned plot plan, showing the location of the pool, pool enclosure, and all accessory equipment and their setbacks to all adjacent buildings, property lines, and slopes. An exception to the pool building plan requirement however is only one set of plans and no calculations are required, when there is a valid City of Los Angeles Standard Plan for the swimming pool on file with the Department. Pool building plans and calculations must be signed and stamped by a California registered engineer or licensed architect.

Zoning Code Requirements Building Pool

All pools shall comply with the use and location requirements of the Zoning Code. Pools shall not be located in any required yard in which fences more than 3½ feet in height are prohibited as outlined in LAMC Section 12.21.C1.g. Residential buildings shall comply with any additional regulation imposed by an ordinance, “Q” or “T” condition or any other zoning regulations. A pool or spa which are higher than 30 inches above ground are not permitted within the required yards for the property.

Glazing Swimming Pool Building Code Requirement in Los Angeles

Glazing in walls of a building and fences used as the barrier for swimming pools and spas shall comply with the requirements set out pursuant to LABC Section 2406 when all of the following conditions are present:

  • The bottom edge of the glazing is less than 60 inches above the pool side of the glazing
  • The glazing is less than 5 feet from swimming pool or spa water’s edge

Private Swimming Pools Single-Family Homes

For private swimming pools located at single-family homes, the construction of a new swimming pool or spa or the remodeling of an existing swimming pool or spa shall be equipped with at least two of the seven drowning prevention safety features as listed under Section 3109.4.4.2 of the LABC.

Moreover, the exception listed under Section 3109.4, for residential swimming pools shall not waive the requirements to provide a pool enclosure complying with Section 3109.4.1 through Section 3109.4.3. Los Angeles pool builders must comply with all codes and regulations.