Residential Pool Safety

On June 23, 2010, the Quebec government adopted residential swimming pool regulations. It came into force on July 22 2010. This regulation stems from the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. This law gives municipalities the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the Regulation.

The new by-law essentially aims to control and protect access to residential swimming pools. A swimming pool is defined as any outdoor artificial pool, permanent or temporary, intended for swimming, whose water depth is 60 centimeters or more, excluding a whirlpool bath when its capacity does not exceed 2,000 liters.

The regulations apply to future installations. The following installations (swimming pool, enclosure, equipment, etc.) are not covered:

• An installation existing before July 22, 2010;

• An installation whose swimming pool was acquired before the entry into force of the regulation, but installed no later than October 31, 2010.

The applicable standards mainly concern the enclosure surrounding the swimming pool and the devices around the swimming pool. These standards can be consulted at the urban planning department.

A permit issued by the Municipality is required to build, install or replace a swimming pool or to erect a construction giving or preventing access to a swimming pool. A person who has obtained a permit for the installation of a removable pool will not be required to submit a new request for the reinstallation of this pool in the same place and under the same conditions.

A swimming pool can be installed in a side, rear or front yard, if the latter is more than 20 meters deep. It must be located at a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from the side and rear lines, 10 meters from the front line and at least 3 meters from the main building.

In the case of land bordering a lake or a watercourse, the pool must be installed more than 10 meters from the natural high water mark if the slope of the land is less than 30% or 15 meters from the natural high water mark if the slope of the land exceeds 30%.

It must be equipped with a filtration system ensuring sufficient water clarity to see the bottom of the pool, between June 1 and September 1 of the same year.

No one should have access in any way whatsoever to the pitch without having to climb an obstacle with a minimum height of 1.20 metres. Are considered as an obstacle, a fence, a pool wall, a retaining wall or a wall designed to limit climbing and as the only means of access: a barrier fitted in the obstacle closing automatically and interlocking or a retractable or collapsible staircase (or ladder).

For more information,
please contact the Urban Planning Department
to 450 563-2505, extension 2224.


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