Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

If you have had a hot tub, spa or swimming pool installed, removed, repaired or otherwise serviced by Water World 2062939 ALBERTA LTD., also known as “Water World Tubs,” between January 2017 and November 2021, it is strongly recommended that you contact us for information regarding the services that you received.

Hot tub, spa or whirlpool

A Development Permit is not required

Outdoor hot tubs must be a minimum distance from property lines, and they are not allowed in front yards.

Setbacks for pools and hot tubs

Building Permits

For safety reasons, exterior hot tubs must be surrounded by a fence, wall or other enclosure, which has specific requirements. It is not allowed to install a hot tub on an existing wooden deck. For details, contact a Safety Codes Officer.

Trade Permits

Trade permits may be required if the proposed project involves specific considerations:

  • Electrical Permit: specific electrical requirements apply to hot tubs.
  • Plumbing Permit: for installing or modifying plumbing systems or any plumbing equipment.

Contractor Zone

Hot Tub Safety Requirements

Exterior Swimming Pool

Development Permit

Development Permits are required for all pools 24” deep or more. Planning staff will consider the size of your pool (site coverage) and will advise you on necessary distances from property lines. Depending on your lot, other factors may also be applicable. For more info, contact us.

Development Permit Application

A Development Permit must approved before applying for Building and Trade Permits.

Setbacks for pools and hot tubs

Building Permit

Building Permits are required for all pools 24” deep or more. For safety reasons, exterior swimming pools must be surrounded by a fence, wall or other enclosure, which has specific requirements. There are many other safety factors which must be considered. For details, contact a Safety Codes Officer.

Trade Permits

Trade permits may be required if the proposed project involves specific considerations:

  • Electrical Permit: dependent on electrical requirements of the planned pool.
  • Plumbing Permit: dependent on plumbing requirements of the planned pool.
  • Gas Permit: dependent on heating requirements of the planned pool.

Contractor Zone

Pool Safety Requirements

You may need the following:

How to Apply

Online

Apply online

In Person

  1. Determine which application(s) you need. You can then download checklists and forms below to complete them, or come in person to City Planning and we will assist you.
  2. Have drawings ready, if required (ex: Site plan, elevation plan, floor plan, floor joist and roof truss drawings)
  3. Have utility locate slips: These show the location of underground and overhead utilities, such as gas and cable lines. See Line Locates below.
  4. Bring all these required documents (USB drive preferred) and apply in person at City Planning.

Payment Methods

Online or phone:

  • Visa or Mastercard

In-person:

  • Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Visa or Mastercard

Mail:

  • Cheque

Fees and Charges

How long will it take to approve permits?

  • Development Permits: Timelines vary based on application type and the impact to the community.
  • Building Permits: Typically less than 6 business days, provided that an approved Development Permit (if required) has been released.

Line Locates

When planning your project, it is important to know where utilities are located on your property. Locates are free of charge but require at least two days notice.

You must provide utility locate slips with a development application.

Line locates

Inspections

If a Building Permit was required for your project, then you must book a City inspection. At the discretion of the Safety Codes Officer, most projects require rough-in and final inspections, depending on the complexity of the project.

Book Online

Book Online

Please review this user guide before booking online.

Book by Phone

Phone 403-529-8208 or fax the Inspection Request to 403-502-8036.

Risks when permits are not obtained

By not obtaining permits for work done on your home, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to potential future legal and financial issues when selling your property or making an insurance claim. There could also be consequences if you do not correct the situation, such as:

  • Enforcement action issued by a Safety Codes Officer.
  • A fine for building without a permit.
  • Having to undo work that has been completed.
  • Future legal and financial issues when selling your property or making an insurance claim.
  • Having to do more work than was originally planned and budgeted, to fix deficiencies.
  • Potential liability to you, the homeowner, in the event of an accident.

As a homeowner, you are responsible for paying any penalties, even if you hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not required.

What if I am not the property owner?

If you are not the owner of the property, then you must get the owner's consent to apply for any changes.

Owner Consent