This information is furnished as a Procedural Guide and is intended to cover all code requirements for installation of swimming pools and/or spas.
A. Apply for Swimming Pool and/or Spa Permit by filing FOUR sets of Engineering pool plans and plot plans and paying a plan check fee. Requirements:
B. A pre-pool and/or spa inspection will be made to determine:
C. A plan check will be made to review engineered design and conditions pertinent to pool location as revealed by pre-pool inspection (deck, deck details and pool and/or spa depth required on plot plan). Wet signature of engineer is required on all pneumatically placed concrete pools, and some other types of pools.to review engineered design and conditions pertinent to pool location as revealed by pre-pool inspection (deck, deck details and pool and/or spa depth required on plot plan). Wet signature of engineer is required on all pneumatically placed concrete pools, and some other types of pools.
D. Provide a $500.00 cash bond and obtain Swimming Pool Permits prior to stating construction.
(These specifications are a part of the approved plans.)
Inspections shall be called for in the following order to ascertain that requirements below each category have been met. Inspections are to be requested the day prior to the inspection by calling 738-6542.
NOTE: Gunite placement to be continuously inspected by an ICBO-certified concrete inspector or similar type inspector, with prior approval by the Building Official. Gunite report to be filed with City of Fullerton Building Department by said inspector, showing compliance with code, and compression strength of the test specimens.
NOTE: Wood or chain link fencing, under 6' high does not require a permit. Concrete or masonry fences will require a separate permit. Walking decks, cabanas, patio covers, etc., may or may not require separate permits depending on the nature of the structures involved.
All new or replacement fossil fueled swimming pool heater systems to residential buildings shall be equipped with the following features.
REQUIREMENT 1. ON-OFF SWITCH
The heating system must have an ON-OFF switch mounted on the outside of the heater for easy access to allow shutting off the heater without adjusting the thermostat setting, and allow restarting without relighting pilot light.
REQUIREMENT 2. PERMANENT WEATHERPROOF PLATE OR CARD
The pool heating system must be equipped with a permanent, weatherproof plate or card that provides instructions for efficient operation of the pool and its heating system and instructions for proper care of the pool water when a swimming pool cover is used.
REQUIREMENT 3. PLUMBING
A length of plumbing, with a minimum length of 36" must be located between the filter and the fossil fuel heater to allow for the future addition of solar water heating equipment.
REQUIREMENT 4. SWIMMING POOL HEATER EFFICIENCY
Any new or replacement fossil swimming pool heater must have a thermal efficiency of at least 75 percent. The efficiency of the heater shall be identified on the heater and building plans.
REQUIREMENT 5. POOL COVERS
Outdoor pools equipped with a fossil fuel or electric heater must also be equipped with a pool cover.
REQUIREMENT 6. TIME CLOCKS
New and replacement pool circulation pumps must be installed with time clocks so the pump can be set to run in off-peak electric demand periods and be set for the minimum time necessary to maintain the water in clear and sanitary conditions according to applicable public health standards. Time clocks are not required where public health standards require 24-hour operation.
REQUIREMENT 7. DIRECTIONAL INLETS
All new pools must be equipped with directional inlets which adequately mix the pool water to prevent stratification of the heated supply water and the colder existing pool water.
Swimming pools, hot tubs or spas are also subject to the requirements of Fullerton Municipal Code Section 3188.8.131.52 which can be dowloaded here.