What Are Some Legal Restrictions for Building Swimming Pools?


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Legal restrictions on building swimming pools vary around the country, but some jurisdictions, particularly the drought-stricken regions of California, have recently enacted strict regulations governing swimming pool construction. Some towns and water districts prohibit the construction of new pools, as of 2015.

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Other jurisdictions have enacted regulations that deal with the permitted size of pools that may be built or the amount of land that must surround a pool. In New York, for instance, a lot less than 25 feet wide must provide at least 3 feet of land on each side of the pool, while lots over 25 feet wide must allow for 5 feet of land around each side of the pool.

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