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No Permits Will Be Issued In An Easement.

These examples below are meant as general guidelines and are subject to final approval by staff.

What you need:

  1. Plat of Survey (for new, replacement, and additions)
  2. Proof of proper fencing
  3. Building plans (for in-ground pools only)
  4. Size of proposed pool
  5. Cost estimate
  6. HOA approval (see HOA list here)

Cost of Permit: Minimum permit fee is $65.00 with a project cost up to $7,000.00. An additional $10.00 per $1,000.00 project cost above $7,000.00 to be added.

Information on Permits

  1. Both in-ground and above-ground pools with a capacity for containing water
    over 24 inches in depth or with a capacity of over 100 cubic feet require a permit.
  2. Both In-ground and above ground pools require building and electrical permits, including fees.
    1. All electrical installation of pools must meet branch circuit, grounding, and bonding code requirements as set in the National Electric Code 2014 edition. Click here for more information
  3. Both in-ground and above-ground pools (inclusive of attached deck and patio surfaces) are subject to the setback requirements as presented on the example plat of survey.
  4. An underground and final electrical inspection are required for all above ground pools. 
  5. An underground, bonding, and final electrical inspection are required for all in ground pools. 

A permit is required prior to the installation of any pool.  Certain subdivisions have covenants that are more restrictive than the City ordinances. The homeowner is responsible for obtaining HOA approval.  For HOAs on this list, bring a copy of the approval when applying for the permit.

Whenever a project requires digging please contact JULIE, in advance, at 800-892-0123 or online at to mark underground utility lines.

Important Information

  • Pools are not allowed in Public Utility Easements.
  • Pools cannot be under or over any utility lines.
  • Pools must be at least 10 ft. from any power lines.
  • Pools can be placed within 3 ft. of a property line, provided that there are no easements.
  • On corner lots pools must remain 20 ft. from the side property line.
  • Pools are strictly prohibited in front yards.
  • Attached decks/patios are prohibited in any Public Utility Easement.
  • It is recommended that pools should be located a minimum of 6 ft. from the house.
  • All structures (excluding driveways, sidewalks, pools, decks/patios, & fences) on a lot must cover no more than 30% of the total lot area.

Fencing Requirements

For controlled access to a pool, the following is required:

  • The yard (or pool) for both in-ground and above ground pools with a capacity for containing water over 24 inches in depth or with a capacity of over 100 cubic feet must be enclosed with a fence that is at least 4 ft. high.
  • For above-ground pools at least 4 feet in height, a railing along the entire top of the pool with a lockable ladder/gate is an acceptable alternative.

  • Sec. 8-482. Fencing required.
    All persons owning or possessing or having control of a family swimming pool or a portable family swimming pool shall enclose said pool, or the entire lot where said pool is located, with a fence or wall of a minimum height of four (4) feet in such a manner as to prevent uncontrolled access by children from public areas or from adjacent lots.
    (Ord. No. 5347, § 2, 8-5-69; Ord. No. 7456, § 9, 1-6-81)

  • Sec. 8-483. Proof of contract for fencing prerequisite to issuance of permit.
    The building inspector shall require proof of a contract for the supply and/or erection of any fence required by section 8-482 of this article prior to granting any building permits for the construction or erection of a family swimming pool or a portable family swimming pool.
    (Ord. No. 5347, § 4, 8-5-69; Ord. No. 7456, § 9, 1-6-81)


  1. Pool Layout [PDF]
  2. Pool Layout on Corner Lot [PDF]

Note: At two intersecting streets, alleys, and driveways, there are additional requirements that must be met to protect the visibility of automotive traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.


Contact Information

Joliet City Hall is located at:
150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, Il 60432

Building Division
(815) 724-4070

(815) 724-4055

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