Installing a Pool or Hot Tub

A hot tub, above-ground pool, and inground pool all require both zoning approval and a building permit.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR REVIEW:

  • Survey or aerial photograph showing the proposed pool/hot tub:
    • Distances to all property lines
    • Location of pool pump/equipment (must be a minimum of 3′ away from the pool barrier)
    • Location of fence (a pool fence is required if the pool is in-ground, or if the above-ground pool is less than 48 inches high.
    • A hot tub is required to have a lockable lid
    • Location of pool decking
    • An elevation certificate is required if in a flood zone
  •  General Permit application
    • A pool barrier for inground pools (must be secured before pool permit will be issued)
    • A pool barrier permit is not required for an above-ground pool.  
  • Once all items are submitted, we will place you into a 10 business day review.
    • Once the survey and construction plans are approved, we will notify you and request payment
  •     All trades are permitted separately

**PLEASE NOTE MORE INFORMATION MAY BE REQUESTED DUE TO THE TYPE OF PROJECT OR LOCATION**

You can submit applications and plans via email to planreviewpermits@norfolk.gov

If you have questions, please email planreviewpermits@norfolk.gov.

Permit exemption language:

  • 2018 Virginia Construction Code Section 108 – APPLICATION FOR PERMITS
    • 108.2 Exemptions from application for permit
      •  8. Swimming pools that have a surface area not greater than 150 square feet, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are less than 24 inches deep.