Before taking the plunge, there are many items to think about when you decide to add a pool or hot tub to your property. Before you buy, make sure the type & size you choose is suitable for your property. All pre-manufactured units must be CSA approved (or approved by other applicable authority). Plus, it's important to get the necessary City permits to ensure that requirements are met.
The information on this page is intended for residential properties within Medicine Hat.
Temporary pools need permits, too. Only pools with a water depth of less than 600mm (24") do not require permits (wading pools). For more info, see below: What permits do I need?
I already set up a temporary pool in my yard. What should I do? Call Planning & Development Services at 403.529.8374. Each situation must be looked at individually. You may be required to drain it so it can be checked by a Safety Codes Officer. You may also be required to move it, if it is placed too near a property line, for instance.
What about decorative ponds? Landscaping ponds must be less than 600mm (24") in depth, are considered decorative elements and are not to be used as recreational pools. For guidelines, visit Landscaping and Ponds.
Remember, we are here to help! If you have questions, contact us:
Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6