A swimming pool, hot tub, or whirlpool is any structure, basin, chamber or tank containing an artificial body of water for swimming, diving or recreational bathing having a depth of more than 24 inches at any point and a surface area exceeding 150 square feet.

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  • The interior vertical wall of swimming pools shall not be closer than 5 feet to any side or rear lot line, nor can it encroach into any easements on the property.
  • Swimming pools shall be located in the side or rear yards, and not be located within any required front yard setback.
  • All outdoor swimming pools shall be completely enclosed by a security fence or wall at least 4, but not more than 6 feet high.
  • The fence shall be located at least 4 feet from the edge of the pool.
  • The bottom of the fence shall not be higher than 4 inches above the surface of the ground.
  • Fence openings to the pool area shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching lockable gates.
  • Fence material shall be of the non-climbing type, impenetrable by toddlers and afford no external hand or footholds.
  • Above ground outdoor pools are exempt from the fencing requirements above provided they have at least 4-foot high vertical walls or outward inclined side walls and a self-closing and self-latching lockable gate or sole access is by means of a removable ladder, ramp, or stairs, which must be removed when the pool is not in use.
  • No swimming pool shall be located beneath or within 10 feet of any overhead utility lines or over any underground utility lines.
  • Pools shall have adequate filtering equipment and be kept clean and free from contamination.
  • Pool heaters shall have an approved pressure relief valve.
  • Gas piping in a yard shall be: 1) L or K copper (underground or concealed fittings must be silver soldered), 2) welded wrought iron, wrap pipes, or 3) corrugated stainless steel underground (must be sleeved). Underground pipe must be buried a minimum of 12" deep and gas piping must hold a 25 lb. air test for 12 hours.
  • Overhead electrical wiring or service shall meet requirements of the National Electrical Code.
  • Erosion controls must be maintained at all times to protect adjoining properties.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors are required by law in all single family homes (Minnesota State Building Code)
  • Exterior work authorized by a building permit issued in accordance with the Minnesota State Building Code must be completed within 180 days of permit issuance.

A building permit is required for all pools except for above ground pools containing less than 5,000 gallons of water and less than 24” deep. Please include 2 copies of plan and 1 copy of a site plan on either a survey or a plat map consisting of:

  • Location of the required fence
  • North arrow, scale (1" = 30' or 40'), and date
  • Legal description and address of property
  • Location and name of all streets adjacent to property
  • Existing ground elevations at property/lot lines at point of measured dimension to pool
  • Directional drainage arrows (existing and proposed)
  • Location and elevations of house, house corners, pool, integrated deck/patio, and other existing / proposed
    structures drawn to scale
  • Shortest distance from outside edge of pool deck to lot lines and house
  • Pool bottom (or maximum depth)
  • Proposed elevations at finished pool deck corners
  • Ground elevation at each end of retaining wall(s) and at wall(s) greatest height, if applicable
  • Top(s) of retaining walls(s), if any and at each different elevation (if it changes).

Call (651) 675-5675 Monday through Friday to schedule inspections for:

  • Forming for placing concrete or pool skin
  • Air Test Piping
  • Air Test Gas Line & Final Inspection (when complete and fenced)

Caring for Eagan Lakes and Wetlands if you Drain Your Pool, Hot Tub, Whirlpool.

To prevent storm water contamination: pool, hot tub, and whirlpool water should be either:

  1. Discharged to the sanitary sewer system.
  2. Held for a week or more without addition of chlorine and then spread over pervious areas where it will soak in the
  • Questions regarding the Certificate of Survey should be directed to the City's Engineering
    Division, (651) 675-5646.
  • Questions regarding an electrical permit and required inspections should be directed to Mark
    Anderson, State Electrical Inspector, (952) 445-2840 between the hours of 7:00a.m. and
    8:30a.m., Monday through Friday.

Calculation Tables

π = 3.14 (add radius - diameter diagram)

  • To calculate the area in square feet of a round pool: 3.14 x Radius2
  • To calculate the volume in cubic feet of a round pool: 3.14 x Radius2 x Height
  • To calculate the amount of gallons in a round pool: 1 Cubic Foot = 7.48 Gallons

This information is written only as a guide. It is not intended, nor shall it be considered, a complete set of