Do I need plans to build a pool?
We regularly get asked if plans are needed to build a swimming pool in Durban, South Africa.
Daily, I receive calls from want-to-be swimming pool owners for a quote on a new swimming pool. I always ask them if they have had the pool approved by the municipality, and 70% of the time, the response I get is: “Do I need plans to build a swimming pool?”
An Engineer will also have to certify your swimming pool.
In short, yes, you not only need plans, but you also need an engineer to certify the pool structure. You also need approval from the local municipality before you can commence with the build. Building a swimming pool is adding a structure to your property. You are changing the footprint of the land, so you need professionals in drawing and building your swimming pool.
A swimming pool is simple to design and draw. Still, always adhere to specific regulations regarding;
- Building lines
- Safety fences
- Wastewater disposal
- Structural support – if the soil conditions aren’t favourable.
Suppose you don’t get permission from the authorities and build the pool regardless; the authorities will deem it an illegal structure. You may not be able to sell your house. Or even worse, authorities might instruct you to demolish your pool or pay a fine every month until your plans are approved.
Reputable pool builders in Durban.
To protect yourself when building a swimming pool, always ensure the builder is a registered member of a professional body such as the Master Builders Association or the South African Pool and Spa Association. There have been many cases of companies lying about their membership, so don’t simply believe a company is a member because they say so. If their company is not listed on www, they are not members. The problems you could encounter when dealing with non-members will make you never want a swimming pool again.
Please beware of pool companies that say you don’t require plans for swimming pools. The KZN local authorities must approve swimming pools of any shape and size before you install the pool. In some cases, the municipality can give special permission to commence before the plans go through the final stages of approval. It’s better to deal with an expert architect about drawing and submitting your swimming pool plans.
Blupool can assist you with a turnkey solution for your pool construction by;
- Engaging and architect
- Appointing an engineer
- Removing the sand and rubble from site
- Balancing the pool water and assisting with any maintenance queries you may have.
Please get in touch with us if you think we may be of any assistance or service to you.