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Building An Inground Pool In DeMotte, IN? Here’s What You Need!

Building An Inground Pool In DeMotte, IN? Here’s What You Need!

We’ve covered a lot of inground swimming pool regulations unique to different towns in Northwest Indiana, but we haven’t covered them all!

That’s why we’re back with another article discussing the inground swimming pool regulations you must follow for your pool project if you live in DeMotte, IN.

Each town has their own specifications for inground pools; some could only have one difference, whereas others could differ in every aspect. It all just depends on the town, which is why it’s important to take the time to learn about the specifications your pool must meet instead of assuming they’re the same as the next town over.

We don’t want you to be uneducated or misinformed about what is and is not allowed for your pool project, so we have put together lists of town’s regulations to help prepare you for the design process with your pool builder.

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Requirements Prior to Beginning Construction

Before the construction process of your new inground swimming pool can commence, you must provide specific documents to the Building Department. Upon approval of the following documents, you will obtain a building permit, allowing construction to begin.

  • Plat of Survey
    • Lot size
    • Easements
    • Existing structures
    • Proposed structures
    • Property lines
    • Utilities
    • Fencing
  • List of contractors and subcontractors

Pool Requirements

The pool structure itself must adhere to specifications such as size, depth, location, required equipment, accessories, external structures, and more. Those required by DeMotte, IN are as follows:

  • Must be located within all set-back lines
  • All pumps, shelters, and disinfection/filtering equipment must be located within set-back lines
  • Must be equipped with a handhold that extends around the perimeter of the pool in areas that have a depth greater than 3 feet 6 inches
    • Must be no more than 4 feet apart from each other
    • Can consist of any ONE of the following:
      • Coping, ledge, or deck that extends along the immediate edge of the pool and provides an anti-slip surface at least 4 inches in width and no more than 12 inches above the waterline
      • Ladders, stairs, or seats
      • Secured rope or railing located no more than 12 inches above the waterline
    • The pool must be completely enclosed by ONE of the following:
      • Wall or fencing with a height at least 5 feet above ground level equipped with self-closing gates or doors
      • Other means with a height at least 5 feet above ground level that is deemed impenetrable by the building department; must also be equipped with self-closing gates or doors
      • A combination of walls, fencing, or other means that completely surrounds the pool and deck area
      • An automatic safety cover
    • The pool must be equipped with ALL of the following safety equipment:
      • A ring or throwing buoy equipped with 40 feet of ¼-inch diameter line
      • A pole at least 12 feet in length
      • Access to a telephone

Required Inspections

Throughout the construction process, your pool project will have to pass multiple inspections in order to proceed to specific phases. Inspections occur before, during, and after construction is completed.

The required inspections for pool projects built in DeMotte, IN are as follows:

  • Rough Building
  • Rough Electrical
  • Rough Plumbing
  • Backfill
  • Final Plumbing
  • Final Electrical
  • Building Final

Homeowners Association Requirements

Some pool projects may be subject to a second set of inground pool regulations enforced by a Homeowners Association (HOA).

Your pool project is likely to be subject to these regulations if you live in a subdivision since the homes are typically built by the same builder. They’ll have their own specifications for inground pools that need to be met, and it’s you and your pool builder’s responsibility to meet them.

So, although it may be a nuisance, it’s imperative to meet both your town’s pool specifications as well as your HOA’s pool specifications where applicable—or else you could face some serious consequences.

Final Notes

We know these regulations could throw a wrench in your original design plans but following them is the best thing you can do to avoid issues, extra expenses, and more time under construction.

Each town is unique, which is why it’s important to identify which set(s) of regulations you need to follow for your pool project. They’re rules for a reason—and following them is one of the best choices you can make.

So if you have any further questions, you can contact the DeMotte Building Department at (219) 987-3831!