Is a permit required for Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas?

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) requires a permit for all swimming pools, hot tubs or spas that meet ANY of these condition: 

1.  Greater than 150 square feet (approximately 7’ in diameter). 

2.  With more than 5000 gallons of water. 

3.  Deeper than 24"   

The International Residential Code (IRC) does not distinguish between in-ground or aboveground, indoor or outdoor swimming pools.  The code required spas and hot tubs to conform to the same requirements as swimming pools.  Pools for (fish or flora) landscaping are exempt from this section regardless of the size.


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