Swimming Pools

Applying

 
Swimming Pool applications are completed online. Please go to the Online Permit Applications and enter the information directly into the County’s Permitting System.

The Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) has specific requirements for the form and content of every home improvement contract provided by the MHIC licensed contractor. Be sure you are familiar with those requirements before signing any home improvement contract. Home Improvement contractors must be licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC). For any questions pertaining to contract contents, what constitutes a home improvement, or the professional standing of a specific home improvement contractor, contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) at (410) 230–6309 or visit their web site at www.dllr.state.md.us.

Requirements

In Ground


The following plans are required for a Swimming Pool Permit (in ground):
  • Site plans that indicate the location
  • Building plans — Outdoor swimming pools shall meet the setback requirements for main buildings (not for accessory structures).
  • Tree Conservation plans or a Woodland Conservation Exemption letter*
  • Electrical Permit
  • Fence Permit — All outdoor swimming pools accessory to one-family detached dwellings shall be enclosed by a fence at least six (6) feet high

Above Ground


The following plans are required for a Swimming Pool Permit (above ground):
  • Site plans that indicate the location
  • Building plans — Outdoor swimming pools shall meet the setback requirements for main buildings (not for accessory structures)
  • Tree Conservation plans or a Woodland Conservation Exemption letter*
  • Fence Permit — Unless the pool is constructed above grade and a fence or railing (the top of which is at least six (6) feet above grade) is attached to it, another separate fence shall not be required.

*To obtain a copy of the Tree Conservation plan or the Woodland Conservation Exemption letter, contact M-NCPPC’s Countywide Division, Environmental Planning by emailing PPD-EnvPlanning@ppd.mncppc.org. For specifics, review the M-NCPPC's handout Zoning and Environmental Planning Information sheet.

A TCPII or Woodland Conservation Letter is also required for all pools. In the attachment is the link and contact number under the Countywide Planning.