- Know the rules before installing an above-ground pool in Peoria, Illinois.pool image by Anne-Marie Walker from Fotolia.com
There are more than 3.5 million above-ground pools in the United States according to "The Wall Street Journal." These pools have gained popularity in recent years because they are not permanent and are less costly than their in-ground counterparts. However, research shows, an above-ground pool actually makes a home more difficult to sell. If you plan on staying in your home, go ahead and get a pool, but before you take the plunge and purchase one, be sure you know your city's rules and regulations on pool ownership. Here are the requirements for Peoria, Illinois.
- Except for wading pools less than 2 feet deep, Peoria residents must secure a permit to build, replace or install an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool.
When getting the building permit, homeowners must also secure electrical permits for pool lighting, pump and filter power sources. You are not allowed to power these items via extension cords.
If the pool is in Peoria's historical district, the homeowner must also secure a Certificate of Appropriateness from the city's Historical Preservation Commission.
- All swimming pools in Peoria, Illinois, must comply with the International Code Council's 2006 International Residential Code, which sets forth minimum standards for the "building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions" for one- and two-family homes up to three stories.
There must be at least 22 1/2 feet of clearance between the pool and any electrical or communications (such as phone lines) wiring.
- If an above-ground pool has sidewalls that are at least 4 feet high that are not adjustable in height, the homeowner is not required to build a fence around the pool or property so long as the pool is equipped with a ladder that can be removed or locked to keep children and others out of the pool.
During construction of an above-ground pool, the homeowner must have a 4-foot-high construction fence in place if the pool does not have its own barrier.
- Peoria homeowners with swimming pools must arrange for an inspection following pool installation and before filling their pools with water to secure a Certificate of Use. Failing to do so could cost them between $100 and $500 in fines per day.