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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Pool Permits

​A pool permit is required for any pool that is over .45 m (18 inches) deep, be it above-ground or in-ground, and MUST be enclosed by a fence and gates meeting the Township of Essa's Fence By-law 2013-32 Section 2 subsection 2.5. or if the above ground pool has rigid sides (without a deck) that are 1.2m (48") above finished grade then the sides can be considered the barrier to restrict access provided the access ladder is removable and stored in a secure location when not in use or the access ladder has a roll up type cover that is lockable.

To obtain a pool permit, you will require the following items:

  • Application Form
  • Site Plan with the following information:
    - Location of the pool with measurements to the lot lines
    - Structures
    - Septic Systems
    - Location of fence and all gates
    - Height of Fence
  • Final Lot Grading is required in subdivisions *Contact the building Department to confirm that your property has received final lot grading.  If final lot grading has not been approved, you must obtain a lot grading waiver from your builder.
  • Decks for above ground pools will require a separate permit.