Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs

Below you will find a summary of the code requirements for Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs within the Village of Kildeer.

NOTICE – FILLING/DRAINING SWIMMING POOLS WITH WATER

  • THE POOL MAY NOT BE FILLED IN EXCESS OF ONE THIRD OF ITS’ CAPACITY WITH WATER UNTIL THE REQUIRED FENCING IS INSTALLED AND APPROVED. USE OF THE POOL IS NOT ALLOWED UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL.
  • DO NOT DISCHARGE POOL WATER TO STORM DRAINS OR WETLANDS WHEN EMPTYING POOL. DISCHARGE TO YOUR OWN YARD AWAY FROM ADJACENT PROPERTY.

Required items to submit with application:

  • Building Permit Application (signed by homeowner)
  • Completed application including the electrical information sheet
  • 3 copies of the Plat of Survey indicating the location of the pool, pool dimensions, pool location, height of the required fence, and the type and location of the electrical service line. Indicate side and rear setbacks.
  • Detailed drawings for the deck construction including materials and dimensions.
  • 3 plans showing the house and the locations of all doors adjacent to the pool.
  • Indicate the pool, pool pump, pool heater, deck, fence and all electric on the plans.
  • Provide specification sheets for all equipment. Provide detailed information on all electric equipment, grounding and bonding.
  • Copy of contract with scope of work and total cost of project
  • Contractor Registration Form, $1,000,000 Certificate of Insurance listing homeowner as the additional insured pursuant to a written contract.  There is a $50 fee for registration.
  • Homeowners Association Approval (if necessary, written letter or email approval)

Construction Specifications:

All work shall be installed in compliance with the 2009 International Residential & Mechanical Code, 2011 National Electric Code, and 2014 Illinois State Plumbing Code with local amendments.

Pool Enclosure

  • Every pool located on a lot used for residential purposes shall be completely enclosed by a fence four feet in height above grade of any walking surface such as decks, steps, ladders or platforms with suitable gates and self-closing, self-latching devices.
  • Fencing shall be installed prior to completely filling the pool with water.
  • All doors from house with direct access to the pool and inside the enclosure area shall be equipped with an alarm.
  • Spas/Hot Tubs with locking covers are not required to have fencing. Covers shall be installed at the time of final inspection.
  • Complete and submit the Electrical Information Sheet. The Information Sheet is required in order to complete the plan review.

Electrical

  • The electrical wiring shall be installed underground in rigid metal conduit and must be equipped with a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) device.
  • Electric pipe must be buried a minimum of 6” below grade.
  • All underground utilities must be a minimum of 5’ horizontally from any wall of the pool. Overhead utilities shall not be located within 10’ horizontally of any pool wall and the waters edge.
  • All junction boxes and conduit shall be weather tight and approved for wet locations.
  • The electric shall comply with the Swimming Pool Requirements of the NEC 2011 Section 680 and all other appropriate sections.
  • Extension cords are not allowed for the operation of pool equipment.

Gas Pipe

  • Underground gas pipe inspection shall be made after trenches or ditches are excavated and bedded, piping installed, and before backfill is in place.
  • A protective coating shall be provided for all piping and fittings exposed to the atmosphere. Plastic pipe shall be UV protected.
  • The minimum burial depth shall be 12 inches below grade.
  • A yellow insulated copper tracer wire shall be installed adjacent to underground non-metallic piping and terminate above ground at each end.
  • The gas pipe shall be sized according to manufacturer’s specifications

Where can my pool be located?

  • The pool, spa or hot tub cannot be located over or under any utilities.
  • No pool, spa, hot tub or deck may be placed within any required front yard, corner side or side yard.
  • No part of the pool and/or deck shall be located within 35’ of the rear or side lot lines.
  • No pool shall be located in an easement.
  • Call JULIE (1-800-892-0123) for utility locations.

How much will my permit cost?

  • Plan Review $ 75
  • Permit fee determined by the scope of the work
  • Building Deposit $ 150.00

Required Inspections:

  • Before electrical wire is buried.
  • Before Gas Line is buried.
  • After the pool or spa site is located or excavated. Run string lines at the rear and side property lines.
  • After the in-ground pool steel is in place and before pouring concrete – Bonding inspection.
  • Post holes for the fence and/or deck are dug (pre pour).
  • After the frame work for the deck is completed.
  • A final for the deck, fence, spa and/or pool.
  • Required Inspections will depend on the scope of work.  A list of required inspections will be provided with permit approval.

Inspections:

  • Call before 4:00 p.m. to schedule an inspection a minimum of 24 hrs. in advance.  You can request an a.m. or p.m. inspection, Monday thru Friday.
  • Give the permit number and address when calling in for inspections.
  • If the inspector needs to return more than once for the same phase of any required inspection, a $100.00 re-inspection fee is required to be paid before re-inspection.
  • No re-inspection on the same phase of construction will be done in the same 24-hour period.

This handout is written as a guide to common questions and problems.  It is not intended nor shall it be considered a complete set of requirements.  If you have any questions, please contact the Building & Zoning Department at 847-438-6000 for further information.

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