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Hot tubs, pools & ponds

 

We’re here to help guide you through your home improvement project. By completing the home improvement application, we can assist you by:

  • Determining what permit types you require
  • Offering solutions or alternatives
  • Processing your application
  • Transitioning you smoothly through the application process

Do I need a permit?

Typically you do NOT need a permit, if your project contains less than 2 ft (0.6 m) of water.

If your project falls outside the above specification, you will require a permit.

Visit understanding permits and the review proces​s to find out more about the permitting process.

How do I make an application?

Step 1: Open the application form and checklist

Use the home improvement application as a starting point, to determine the specific requirements for your project.

Step 2: Prepare your drawings

To help you design your project, see the building code and City bylaw information​ section.

Step 3: Apply

Submit the application once you have provided all the documents required. Use our fee calculator to estimate how much your permit will cost.

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In per​son

Once you have gathered the required documents, you can apply for your permit in person by visiting the Planning Services Centre. To skip the line, book an appointment.​

Building code and bylaw information

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the work being carried out conforms to any restrictive covenants, caveats or other restrictions that are registered on the land title.

Illustrations of codes and bylaws

Sample drawings for building permits and development permits for hot tubs and swimming pools.

Note: you will also have to provide a copy of the manufacturer’s installation specifications. 

Location of hot tubs and swimming pools

Hot tubs and swimming pools are required to be 1.2 m from side and rear property lines and may not be located in the actual front setback without a development permit.

There can be no wires over a hot tub, unless it is covered by an overhead structure. Any existing overhead wiring is required to be clear of any hot tub or swimming pool 5.0 m vertically and 5.0 m horizontally.  

Hot tub distance from property lines
Hot tub distance from property lines
 

Hot tubs located on a deck/patio

If a hot tub is supported by a structure that elevates the floor of the hot tub above grade, such as a deck or patio, an engineer’s stamp is required, regardless of the height of the structure.

Hot tubs located in a gazebo

If you’re putting your hot tub in a gazebo that is more than 10 m2, or if the height of the gazebo floor is more than 0.6 m above ground level, the gazebo must have its own approved building permit.

If you plan to enclose a hot tub in a covered structure, such as a gazebo, accessory residential building rules will apply. Any covered structure over 10 m2 in floor area will require a building permit. Any covered structure with a finished floor 0.6 m or more above grade will require an approved development permit.

Building code requirements for swimming pools and hot tubs

As per Alberta Building Code, the water depth of a hot tub should not be more than 1.2 m measured from the hot tub floor to the water surface. The depth of water to a seat or bench in a whirlpool must not be more than 0.6 m.

Please see Form S: Swimming pools/Hot tubs for in-depth information on the building code requirements for the installation of pools and hot tubs.

Additional inquiries about building, plumbing, gas, electrical or heating, ventilation and air conditioning code or construction methods, building safety and fire regulations, please contact the Technical Assistance Centre. For all other inquiries (i.e. Land Use Bylaw), please contact our Planning Services Centre.

Inspection Information

All inspections for residential construction, electrical, plumbing and gas fireplace installation permits can be booked at calgary.ca/311online. When choosing the service type, scroll down to Inspection and choose your project. You will need to provide your permit number or address.

Generally, your project will require a rough-in and a final inspection for each building and trade permit pulled, though additional inspections may be required. You can contact 311 on the morning of your inspection to find out if it will be in the morning or afternoon.

The inspection process is dynamic and an inspection outcome depends on the chosen construction method and site conditions at time of inspection. The information provided is not intended as an exhaustive list but a generalized outline of the inspection process.

Inspections for building permits

Final in​spection

Hot​ tubs:

  • The hot tub must be ready to use.
  • A cover constructed in conformance with ASTM F1346 and the lockable device must be installed

Pools:

  • The pool must be ready to use.
  • Complete the fence and gates or cover constructed conformance with ASTM F1346 with the lockable device must be installed. The fence and gate requirements are listed on Form S: Swimming pools/Hot tubs​.

Inspections for electrical permits

Rough-in inspection

  • Provide access to the house to verify wiring and breaker installation.
  • Have all wiring and interior of boxes readily visible.
  • Do not secure devices (plugs, switches) to boxes. Devices do not need to be installed for the rough inspection.
  • Remove vapour barriers and insulation where it’s covering any wiring. The exception is for wiring fished into walls.
  • Terminate all wiring into boxes and fixtures and remove outer jackets.
  • Ensure all wiring is supported.
  • Cables may be terminated into the panelboard, but should not be on breakers.
  • Rough and underground inspections should be combined. Backfilling a trench may be granted with prior permission.
  • Never energize exposed wiring.

Final inspections (completed at the safety codes officer’s discretion)

  • Do not have any exposed live wiring.
  • All outlets and cover plates must be in place.
  • All branch circuits must be energized for inspection.
  • The panelboard breaker directory must be completed.

A permit services report will be mailed to the owner after an acceptable inspection.

A development completion permit inspection may be required if a development permit is involved in your project. Contact our Planning Services Centre to determine if a development completion permit is required.

Call before you dig

Always call Alberta One Call before you dig: 1-800-242-3447. For more information or to submit a locate request, visit Alberta One-Call.

Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​