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Permits Required for Inflatable Pools Per PA Code

Inflatable pools more than two-feet deep require a permit per the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code

If you have an above-ground inflatable pool that is more than two-feet deep or exceeds 5,000 gallons, then you need a permit from your municipality to have it in your yard.

According to Director of Community Development John Ernst, the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code governs permitting of inflatable swimming pools.

"This code is only applicable to those municipalities that have adopted the PA-UCC as part of the overall municipal ordinances. Lansdale is one such municipality," Ernst said.

All Montgomery County municipalities have adopted the Pennsylvania UCC, with the exception of Salford Township.

Section 403.42 of the UCC states that "prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a R-3 occupancy (residential occupancy) which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground are exempt from requiring a permit."

Anything beyond that described above requires a permit for the pool, a permit for a barrier and, if applicable, an electric permit for pumps or filters need for the pool.

You can visit the International Code Council for specific barrier requirements.

This issue was

At the Perkiomen Township meeting, code enforcement officer John T. Moran Jr. said inflatable pools more than 24-inches deep require a building permit.

Moran said inflatable pools must comply with Appendix G of the International Residential Code.

Carla Meyers July 06, 2012 at 09:41 PM
O god!!!! We are going to need a permit to breathe soon....
Cheryl July 07, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Does that apply in Norristown?
patchifier July 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I would expect so: "Norristown has adopted the Uniform Construction Code (UCC)" (http://norristown.org/code-enforcement)
Ed Lewis July 07, 2012 at 08:52 PM
And I thought Florida was bad with licensing fees, etc!

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