Swimming pools and spas
Pools may not be located under an overhead electrical wire.
The minimum distance between a pool (measured from the inner wall) and the
property line, as well as the minimum distance between the pool and the house,
must be 1.5 m. The installation of a spa must respect the property limits that
apply to the main building.
According to the by-law on residential pools of the ministère
des Affaires municipales du Québec, acess must be controlled by a fence
completely surrounding the pool and have a gate that is locked at all times.
However, a safety fence is not required for a spa equipped with a lockable rigid
cover; if the spa does not have a lockable rigid cover, a safety fence is
The fence must be between 1.5 and 1.85 m high. Any
openings in the fence must be no more than 7 cm wide and the horizontal rails
must be at least 1 m apart. However, a temporary fence must be installed around
the edge of the water area if the permanent fence has not been installed yet.
Furthermore, the new Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires all swimming
pools to be surrounded by a fence that is at least 1.2 m high to prevent
For more information or to obtain a permit, contact
Division des permis et inspections at 514
by-law (French only)