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

We’re back again with yet another list of inground swimming pool rules and regulations and this time we’re focusing on those unique to the town of Hammond, IN!

Our goal with focusing on this topic is to educate you about what your town requires for inground swimming pools. It’s imperative that you know where you can locate your pool, what your pool needs to be equipped with, structures that need to surround your pool, and so much more. Each restriction will affect the design of your pool project differently, so being informed of the specifications will help you tremendously when working with your pool builder.

So, let’s get started!

Requirements Prior to Construction

  • Submission of building permit application and obtainment of permit upon approval
  • List of contractors and sub-contractors licensed by the Hammond Building Division
  • Plat of Survey
    • Lot size
    • Site grades
    • Property lines
    • Existing structures
    • Easements
    • Proposed structures to be built
    • Utilities
    • Fencing

Pool Requirements

  • Must have at least 1 entry/exit in the shallow end of the pool; ladders, stairs, or recessed treads are acceptable exits
    • Pools that exceed 30 feet in width must have exits at both sides of the deep end of the pool
  • Access to pool must be restricted by ONE of the following:
    • Wall or fencing that completely encloses the pool/decking area and is at least 5 feet above ground level with self-latching exits
    • Alternative means deemed impenetrable that completely encloses the pool/decking area and is at least 5 feet above ground level
    • A combination of (1) and (2) that completely encloses the pool/decking area and has self-latching exits
    • An automatic safety cover
  • A handhold must extend around the perimeter of areas that exceed a depth of 3 feet 6 inches; handhold can consist of any ONE of the following:
    • Coping, ledge, or decking that extends along the immediate edge of the pool and has an anti-slip surface at least 4 inches in width and no more than 12 inches above the waterline
    • Ladders, stairs, or seat ledges
    • Rope or railing placed no more than 12 inches above the waterline
  • The following equipment must be installed/accessible with each pool
    • A ring or throwing buoy equipped with 40 feet of 1/4th-inch diameter line
    • A pole at least 12 feet long
    • Access to a telephone

Required Inspections

  • Rough Building
  • Rough Electrical
  • Rough Plumbing
  • Building Final
  • Final Electrical
  • Final Plumbing
  • Final Inspection
  • Site Inspection

Homeowners Association Requirements

It is possible that you and your pool builder will have to design your pool project around a second set of regulations enforced by a Homeowners Association (HOA).

Some neighborhoods are affiliated with Homeowners Associations who may have their own inground swimming pool regulations different from those enforced by your respective town or county. So, it’s important to confirm your neighborhood’s affiliation status with an HOA before you begin working with your pool builder.

There may be a compromise between both sets of regulations, so you’ll want to make sure your pool’s specifications meet the legal requirements; otherwise, you may run into some big issues.

Useful swimming pool questions and topics at our Learning Center

Final Notes

There you have it—the inground swimming pool regulations unique to the town of Hammond, IN!

We hope that this has been and will continue to be a helpful tool in your journey to create your new backyard oasis! Knowledge is key in such an investment like this, so we just want you to be able to make the informed decisions to create the perfect pool project for you and your family!

And, as always, you can send any further questions our way or contact the Hammond Building Division at (219) 853-6317!