Seal of Caroll County, Maryland

Bureau of Permits and Inspections

Contact Information:
Phone:
    410-386-2674
Fax:
    410-876-9252
TT users (MD Relay):
    711/800-735-2258

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Installing a Swimming Pool, Spa, or Hot Tub

Your swimming pool, hot tub, or spa requires permits and inspections in order to ensure that it is safe for your enjoyment. We encourage you to review our compliance guidelines for swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs before applying for a permit.

Note: The site of the pool will need to be approved by the Carroll County Zoning Administration and the Carroll County Health Department to ensure that the proposed structure is a sufficient distance away from septic systems, water infrastructure, etc. For help with site selection, please contact:

Carroll County Zoning Administration 410-386-2980
Carroll County Health Department 410-876-1884
Permits Required

landscaped yard with swiming pool Your swimming pool will require a building permit and an electrical permit. Please gather the construction documentation specified below and submit a building permit application, a pool affidavit and an owner / contractor affidavit. After the building permit is filed, have your licensed electrician submit an electrical permit application.

Your hot tub or spa only requires an electrical permit. If installed on an existing deck, structural details of the deck shall be submitted and will be evaluated. A building permit will be required if additional support is needed.

Permit Process

Many factors affect the speed with which your application(s) are approved. For best results, it is critical that you carefully review your application and design documents prior to submission to ensure that all necessary documents are included and that the design is compliant with county code. Normally, permits can be issued within 10-15 business days if the application is complete, accurate, and code-compliant.

Note: Electrical permits for spas and hot tubs can be applied for, processed, and issued on the same day.

Construction Document Requirements

Submitted documents must contain sufficient information for the plan reviewer to be able to review the proposed construction.

  • ___ Three (3) plot plans of the entire parcel – drawn to scale – to include:
    • ___ Location of the proposed structure
    • ___ Measurements from the proposed structure to each property line
    • ___ Location of and distance from the existing/proposed well and/or septic area
    • ___ Dimensions/diameter of pool
    • ___ Deck (if provided as part of the above ground pool – manufacturer’s details)
    • ___ Deck (if framed separately, see deck compliance guidelines)
    • ___ Road name
Inspections

Your swimming pool, spa, or hot tub will require a series of inspections throughout the building process. At a minimum, your swimming pool, spa, or hot tub will require the following:

Building Inspections
  • Final - for swimming pool and deck upgrades only
Electrical Inspections
  • Rough-in
  • Trench
  • Final

Scheduling an Inspection

Fees

Please see Row D of the building permit fee schedule and Row F of the electrical permit fee schedule.