Do you need planning permission to build a swimming pool?
The addition of a swimming pool makes an attractive and eye-catching centrepiece to a home. Domestic pools can be built inground or above the ground, indoor or outdoor and by different construction methods, such as vinyl liner, concrete tiled or a one-piece fibreglass shell.
If you are planning on adding an indoor pool to your home inside a new building, known as a pool hall, first check if planning permission for the building will be required. A pool hall, regarded as an outbuilding, to your property is usually considered to be permitted development and does not require an application for planning permission, subject to certain limits and conditions.
Planning permission is not usually required if you want to build an outdoor pool in your garden. This is because swimming pools and pool houses (regarded as an outbuilding) are included in the permitted development rights. So planning permission is not needed subject to certain limits and conditions.
However, if your home or surrounding area is classified as a listed building, a conservation area, green belt land, a national park or any other designated land, you may have to apply for planning permission.
The planning rules and building regulations on indoor swimming pools also apply to hot tubs housing and sauna cabins. Building regulations will need to be adhered to with regards to ventilation.
It is always best to check with your local planning authority to see whether or not you need to make planning application if you want to build a swimming pool, a hot tub or sauna cabin in your garden.