Swimming pool fence and enclosure regulations

Every swimming pool, as defined by the by-law, is required to be completely enclosed by a gated fence. Whether the fence is new or existing, a permit is required before the swimming pool can be installed.

Review the swimming pool fence by-law PS-5 and fence by-law PS-6 before applying for your permit.

Residential swimming pools and pool fence permits

To apply for a swimming pool fence permit email zoning@london.ca for details. 

Swimming pool fence permit

The swimming pool fence by-law PS-5 regulates the construction of the pool fence and stipulates when a permit is required.

Section 4.25 of the zoning by-law regulates where a pool and associated equipment may be located on your property, and provides guidance for you and your contractor regarding how to plan the pool itself.  Always consider the planning of the pool and the necessary fencing at the same time.  Don't forget diving boards, change rooms, cabanas, decks, pumps, and filters as part of your permit application. Always include those details when planning your new pool and applying for your pool fence permit as their locations are regulated by the zoning by-law as well.

The fence by-law PS-6 regulates non-pool fences and pool fences that exceed the minimum requirements of swimming pool fence by-law PS-5.

Other important considerations
New homes and subdivisions

For new subdivision, always check to make sure your subdivision has been assumed by the City of London before constructing a pool.  Newer neighbourhoods make use of swales and catch basins to direct water away from the property, and constructing a pool without considering overland flows, or consulting your lot grading plan, may prove very costly.  Premature installation, or changing the way water flows across your lot, may require costly re-engineering of your, and neighbouring properties, or could even lead to the removal of the pool at your expense.

Older homes and existing pools

Make sure any pool and its requisite fence has a current permit and has been inspected. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance.  If you make changes to an existing fence, you may require a new permit

Mandatory inspection

After your fence has been constructed, call 519-661-4660 to arrange for a mandatory inspection by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. The inspection must be completed before the pool is filled with water.



Last modified:Friday, October 02, 2020