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Private Pool Signs: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you need permission to build a private swimming pool?


This depends on the state and local laws applicable where you live. Almost all state and local laws mandate permits to construct public and private pools. These permits may or may not be based on conditions such as the number of families the pool will serve, monetary investment, water depth, etc. For instance, Tennessee law mandates a building permit to build a private swimming pool containing water over 24 inches deep.

Minneapolis prohibits the construction and reconstruction of and undertaking any alteration, addition, remodeling, or repair to a private residential swimming pool in excess of the value of USD 100.00 without first obtaining a permit from the director of inspections. Similarly, swimming pool permits may be necessary for setting up a pool at a 1- or 2-family residential building in New York City.

Q. How can I prevent trespassing on my private pool?


There are several ways to prevent your private pool from turning into a public facility. Installing a robust barrier is not only a legal requirement in most jurisdictions, it also clearly demarcates the boundary of your private property. Implementing audio-video surveillance and reinforcing it with appropriate surveillance signage proves rather effective in discouraging potential miscreants and ensures you have evidence should something go wrong on your property.

Installing Private Pool signs is yet another way of keeping trespassers away. These signs clearly communicate the private status of your swimming pool and establish that uninvited visitors are not welcome. Should violations occur, you will be in a stronger position to voice your case and take legal action if necessary.

Q. Do private pools need fencing?


Almost all state and local regulations require residential swimming pools to be adequately fenced, often with the provision of a gate that can be locked. These regulations usually go by the specifications of the International Building Code section 305 about pool barriers around outdoor pools and spas, and indoor swimming pools. These barriers are required for completely/partially in-ground residential swimming pools and for above-ground pools as well as outdoor spas and hot tubs, depending on the water depth. Portable pools are often exempt from this requirement but should be covered or stored away between uses.
Please check with your local building or other relevant authority to find the most accurate information for your situation.

Q. Which signs do I need for my private pool?


As a private pool owner, it becomes your responsibility to create and maintain a safe and secure facility. Signage is a great way to reinforce your efforts to that end. These signs are recommended:
1.   Pool Depth markers to indicate water level and prevent accidents.
2. Pool Rules signs to convey what is permitted, what precautions must be taken, pool timings, pool pass requirement, etc.
3. Private Pool signs that identify the pool ownership status, discourage trespassers, and promote privacy
4. Pool Safety signs that remind users to keep the gate closed, provide surveillance information, etc.
Please note that Your local laws may also govern private Pool signage requirements. Please contact your local body for accurate information.

Q. How do I ensure the privacy of my pool?


There are several ways to go about this. While traditional fencing is a legal requirement in most situations and works well at establishing a boundary, you can take additional measures for greater privacy. Hedges, plants, and trees not only create a safe cover but also make an environment-friendly and rather beautiful way to secure your facility. Other physical structures such as lattice screens, Trellis Panels, and pergolas may also be considered to ensure privacy and up the aesthetics of your pool.
You may even consider retractable canopies and enclosures that will keep both peeping toms and scorching sun out of your way. Privacy sails are yet another solution that allows you to create a wall to be used when and where you needed.

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