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Installing a Pool or Hot Tub

A hot tub, above pool and inground pool all require both zoning and building permits.

Items needed for review:

  • Central Permit application
    • or approved Town zoning application
    • Site plan or aerial photograph showing the proposed pool/hot tub:
      • Distances to all property lines
      • Distance to well and/or septic tank if applicable
      • 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 above ground pool is less than 48 inches high)
      • A hot tub is required to have a lockable lid
      • Location of pool decking
    • Site improvement form if private water or septic is on property
  • General Permit application for the pool fence (must be secured before pool permit will be issued)
    • Pool fence affidavit signed and notarized
  • General Permit application
    • complete sets of construction drawings (if applicable)
      • Or 1 complete PDF file, if emailing
  • Once all items are submitted we will place you into a 10 business day review.
    • Once site plan and construction plans are approved we will notify you and request payment.
    • The zoning permit is a flat fee of $35.00.
    • The building permit is $.16 per sq foot with a minimum fee of $90.95.
    • An inspection checklist will be provided and reviewed with you at the time of permit issuance.
  • All trades are permitted separately

**Please note more information may be requested due to the type of project or location**

**Please contact your Homeowners Association (if applicable) prior to applying for a zoning permit. We do not enforce private covenants and restrictions**

Pool/Hot Tub Guidelines

Informative Pool Safety Information

Pool (Above and In Ground) and Hot Tub Application Packet

You can submit applications and plans via email to (Plans must be in one complete PDF file to submit digitally) or they can be submitted in our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Our address is 17140 Monument Circle, Suite 100, Isle of Wight VA 23397. We are in Building B which is the 2-story brick building across from the Historic Boykins Tavern. Our office is on the right, through the double glass doors.

If you have questions, please email

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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.