Do I need a permit to add or replace a swimming pool?
Yes, a building permit is needed if it is over 24" deep. (depth of pool, not water)
What do I need to submit in order to receive a permit?
> Plot plan that shows property lines and dimensions, existing buildings and structures, the size and location of the proposed swimming pool, setbacks from property lines, utility easements and right-of-way.
> Completed building permit application.
> Additional information may be required by the Building Official.
> Any additional information required to clarify your application. Proof of ownership (if recently purchased).
> The building permit fee is due at the time the permit is issued and is accepted in the form of a check, cash, or credit/debit card.
What are the setback requirements?
The setback minimums are:
> Ten (10) feet from the side property lines; fifteen (15) feet if a corner lot.
> Ten (10) feet from the rear property line.
> Thirty-five (35) feet from the front property line and in no case be installed in the front yard. Pools and spas installed on the side yard shall be a minimum of sixty (60) feet from the front property line.
> Twenty (20) feet from the neighbor's house.
(Note: In no case shall a pool or spa be located within an easement or under overhead utility lines.)
Are there additional requirements?
Fence and barrier requirements:
> Outdoor pools shall be surrounded by a barrier of not less than forty-eight (48) inches.
> The barrier shall exist around the entire perimeter of the pool.
> Access gates shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device and shall open outward away from the pool, shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device located on the pool side of the gate.
> Gates shall remain locked when not in use.
> There shall be a clear zone of at least thirty-six (36) inches between the exterior of the barrier and any permanent structures or equipment that can be used to climb the barrier.
Backwash or draining water:
> Backwash and draining of water should be discharged to the storm sewer or public street.
> No backwash or draining of water shall be discharged, disposed or allowed to be directed onto or across an adjacent property.
> An outdoor rated extension cord is allowed to power the pump. Note: If this option is used, the electrical outlet must be a GFCI outlet.
> Underground electrical must be in electrical conduit.
> If a deck is constructed around a pool or spa it shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the International Building or Residential Code; as adopted.
> All surfaces will be slip resistant and cleanable.
Valves under decks:
> Valves installed in or under decks shall be accessible for service and maintenance.
> Where access is through the deck walking surface is required, an access cover shall be provided for the opening in the deck.
> Access covers shall be slip resistant and secured.
An accurate hand drawing is normally acceptable. A diagram of your property can be found on the County's website at: www.claycountymo.gov in the Assessor's Department. The City does not keep surveys on file.
What Inspections are needed?
Bonding Inspection - rebar and all metal associated with the pool.
Electrical Trench Inspection - after conduit has been placed and before backfilling.
Final inspection - Final inspection shall be made after the permitted work is completed and prior to use.
What are easements?
The City of Gladstone and the utility companies may have easements that are within your property lines. Easements are a right given to an entity to enter upon land that they do not own. Almost every home has an easement. It is important to look for easements in public records because a property owner cannot build permanent or temporary structures on top of easements.
What International Building Codes have been adopted by the City?
The City of Gladstone is currently operating under the ICC 2021 Construction Code Series and the 2020 National Electric Code. These code books are kept on file in Community Development for viewing.
How much is a building permit?
The fee for a building permit is based on the value (or cost) of the proposed structure you are building.
For Permit Fee Schedule click here.
Building and Construction Regulations, Chapter 2000 Swimming Pool and Spa Regulations
Swimming Pools Brochure
If you have further questions feel free to call our office at (816) 423-4111 or click here.