Project Guide For Swimming Pools (Above Ground)

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for swimming pools installed above ground.  Permits are required if the pool is installed as a permanent structure.  If the pool is removed at the end of the season, permits are not required.

Help Me Get Started . . .

Before you start your project, you need to know what regulations apply to your property and what factors may impact your project. You'll need to consider:

Historic Landmark Status

Any project that involves changes to the exterior of landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you begin. The appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits needed for the project will be issued only after design review has been completed and the project has been approved. To determine your property’s landmark status, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right. Then, visit the Design Review web page for more information.

Zoning

Zoning establishes standards for things such as the size and location of structures and acceptable uses for your property. Before you begin construction, you need to be sure your project is in compliance with the Denver Zoning Code. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property. In the results, click on your zone district for descriptions and definitions; then, click on your neighborhood context for more information on zoning in your area.

Parkways

Certain parkways and boulevards are specifically designated by ordinance to preserve their unique character. Each Designated Parkway has its own right-of-way width and regulations of setback distance of structures and signs. If you are unsure if you live along a designated parkway, use the property look up to the right to determine your status.



Building Code

Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare. The permitting and inspection process ensures that all home projects meet these standards and that all dwellings are safe and habitable at the time of construction.



Location of Utilities

When designing your project, you need to know where utilities are located. You cannot build over existing utilities. Contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado to mark underground utilities for your project. Call 1-800-922-1987 or 811 before you dig.



Location of Existing Sewer Lines

A plumbing contractor can help you locate the sewer lines on your property. If you plan to build a new structure over or within 2 feet of the existing sanitary sewer, you will need to replace the sanitary sewer with approved materials. Contact the Department of Public Works at 303-446-3759 for more details.

  • Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness - required, if you live in a Landmark District or in a designated landmark structure
  • Zoning Permit - required if swimming pool will be a permanent structure 
  • #3 Electrical Permit
  • #11 Forced-Air Furnaces, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Gas Piping Permit
  • Parkways Review - required if construction occurs in a parkway setback
  • Wastewater Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP) - required if swimming pool will be a permanent structure

 

For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:

If your property is historically designated or located in a historic district, you will need a design review of your project to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Visit the Design Review web page for more information.



For Zoning Permit:

  • Site Plan showing setbacks for accessory structures such as decks, patios, pump house

  

For Building Permits:

 

For Wastewater Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP): 

  • Utility Site Plan that includes the following:
    • Location of structures in reference to property lines
    • Sewer locations
    • Pipe sizes
    • 2-way cleanouts
    • Material for all existing and proposed structures from point of connection to the structure to the main
    • Water line locations with sizes
    • All existing and proposed underground and storm water/sewage drainage.

 

Wastewater does require sewer replacement with approved material for any structure being built over or within 2' of the existing sewer line. 

Wastewater does require that historic storm drainage be maintained and not directed to adjacent properties or across public sidewalks. 

If property is in a floodplain, additional submittal requirements apply.

For application, guidelines and other specific information, see the following:

Sewer Use and Drainage Permits (SUDP)


For a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project:

  • Homeowners Exam for specific trade if completing the work yourself 
    (See DIY Projects for requirements and more information.)
  • Identification (i.e. Driver's License)

Estimate Fees

Zoning and Building permit fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.   

For Wastewater, there is a $100 aplication fee plus other fees may apply.

View the Permit Fee List  to estimate the fees required for your project. 

There are no fees for Landmark or Parkways review.


Pay Fees

Fees can be paid in person at our office on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building or by mail:
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and personal checks at our counter.

For Landmark Approval:

Submit a design review application to Landmark Preservation.  The approval typically takes one to three weeks. More complex projects or projects requiring Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board approval will take longer. 

NOTE:  Obtain Landmark approval first before proceeding with other permits.

 

Quick Permit for the following:

  • #3 Electrical Permit
  • #11 Gas Piping Permit

 

For Wastewater Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP):

Plan Review - Submit your plans in person or use e-Plan to submit your plans electronically for review by City staff. Once review has been completed and all documents approved, permits will be issued.

 

For Parkways Review:

Plan Review - If Parkways review is required, submit all construction documents at the Permit Service Counter for review by City staff. Once review has been completed and all documents approved, permits will be issued. The review process can take up to 30 days depending upon the complexity of your project.

  

All approved construction set of documents, permits and inspector signature card are to be available on site upon request.

Typical inspections for a swimming pool installed above ground include the following:

  • UFER
  • Underground Electrical
  • Full rough utilities (Electrical)
  • Full final utilities (Electrical)

 

NOTE:  The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project. 

 

Who Will Be Doing the Work?

Decide whether you plan to complete the project yourself or hire a licensed contractor to complete the job for you.

Do It Yourself

Do-It-YourselfYou may need to pass a Home owners exam  to demonstrate proficiency in specific trades in order to get a permit to do the work yourself. 

You will also need to meet a set of requirements established by the Denver Building Code and the Building Department Policy ADMIN 131.3 governing homeowner completed work.  This policy can be found on our Building Codes, Forms and Policies page. 

Contractor

Contractors Use the Contractor license search to see if your contractor has obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver. 

 

To view other considerations, see our Doing the Work Yourself page.

Residential Guide

Every project is different.  Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented in this guide.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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