Monday, November 26, 2007

Know-How: Pool Deck Building Codes

Before and during the construction of your above ground pool deck you will have to get to know your local building codes. Do the research before you plan, double check as you plan, again before you start building, and while you are building.

Checking codes twice, three, or four times might sound like overdoing it. But, in my experience you can never be too prepared and never too informed... especially when investing your time and money into something like the construction of an above ground pool deck.

I can't stress this enough... don't defy the codes or your local building inspector. Most building codes are there for the safety of you and your family.

1. Building Codes

Most cities have building codes to make sure your new pool deck is safe, secure, and of good quality. Some cities will consider your new pool deck a permanent addition and will require specific materials, heights, depths, etc.

Visit your local building department before you start building.

2. Easements

Right-of-way rules ensure that your local utility companies have access to their lines.

But, this could prevent you from building a pool deck where you initially wanted. Some communities have strict easement laws so knowing where you can legally build your above ground pool deck before construction is an obvious time and money saver.

3. Zoning Ordinances

This regulates the use of your property and the addition of new structures to it. Generally, this includes minimum distances from property lines and the size of your deck.

4. Deed Restrictions

Some cities have restrictions on architectural styles so they can maintain property values.

This doesn't mean that you cannot build a good above ground pool deck that suits your needs. It just means that there may be a few checks and balances for some aesthetics.

With that said...

Please remember to do some research on building codes and visit your local building department before planning and constructing your pool deck.

As always, enjoy your pool!


Paul Ottaviano