Pool Permits Guide
You should always start with the Building Inspection Division. Depending on the type and extent of the proposed activity you will have to visit other Town departments for their review and approval. Building Inspection will provide you with a “sign-off sheet” indicating which departments are required to review and “sign-off.”
Each applicable department will initial this “sign-off sheet” signifying their approval after they have reviewed your application. Once you obtain all the department sign-offs you will return to the Building Inspection Division to officially file your Building Permit application.
[To review each of the individual departments requirements for their review and approval, click on the department name below].
Bring the completed sign-off sheet and the following back to Building Inspection to file for the Building Permit.
To expedite the process, these are the required documents Building Inspection will need to review your application:
Two (2) copies of pool structural plans [and Town Storm Drainage Manual Requirements].
Two (2) copies of a pool/spa piping diagram.
Two (2) copies of a survey – site plan (possible).
Building Inspection Division application forms as follows (click here):
Owner’s notarized signature on back of form is required if owner is not filing the permit.
Workers’ Comp Affidavit signed by permit applicant.
A check or cash [exact change] is required for building permit fees. Or you can pay your building permit fees with a credit card [Visa or Master Card only]. (Click here for a list of building permit fees)
If you have any questions, please contact the Building Inspection Division.
Depending on the complexity of your project and whether or not you have met all of the requirements for each department, it can take several days, weeks or more to get a building permit.
In order for Zoning Enforcement to sign off on the “sign-off sheet” provided by the Building Inspection Division you must provide the following items:
One (1) completed Zoning Permit Application. Click here for application.
Two (2) copies of design drawings or architectural plans.
Three (3) copies of a survey – two (2) of which will be returned for filing with your Building Permit.
Surveys should include setbacks for pools/spas, patios, proposed equipment, and Green Area calculations.
Planning and Zoning approval is required if your property is located within the Coastal Overlay Zone. Click here to see if your property is located within the COZ.
Once the information is reviewed for zoning compliance you will be issued a Zoning Permit and a set of stamped plans and surveys will be returned along with your signed Building Inspection Division’s “sign-off sheet."
A check or cash [exact change] is required for zoning permit fees. Or you can pay your zoning permit fees with a credit card. (Click here for a list of zoning permit fees)
If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Enforcement Office. Depending on the complexity of your project and whether or not you have met all of the zoning requirements, it can take several days or weeks to get a zoning permit.
In order for Environmental Services to sign off on the routing sheet for your building permit, please see below.
Residence connected to the sewer system – Complete two copies of the pool form (click here). If you are planning to discharge backwash from the filter to the sewer system, you will need the sewer department to sign off on the form. If you are planning to install a dry well, supply a copy of the pool plan with the drywell location along with the pool form. We retain one copy of the form and plan and the other copy goes to the Building Department with your plans.
Residence served by a septic system – A 100% Replacement Area for the existing septic system(s) on the parcel will need to be done if one has not been approved. Review our septic system file(s) for the parcel along with your proposal and we will inform you of what is needed. If the Department does not have a record of the existing septic system one will need to be created by a licensed installer for our files. The pool location will need to meet the setbacks to the existing septic system(s) as well as the 100% Replacement Area; this can also be reviewed in our office. If a 100% Replacement Area is needed, the plans will need to be signed of by Inland Wetlands before submission to this office. Once the 100% Replacement Area is approved you can come get your sign-off for the pool permit.
Complete two copies of the pool form (click here). We will need a copy of the pool location for our file (if it is not shown on the 100% Replacement Area plan), which shows the required setbacks are met. If you are planning to discharge backwash from the filter to a dry well supply, we will also need a copy of the pool plan with the drywell location. We retain one copy of the form and the other goes to the Building Department with your plans.
The Environmental Services Office is located in the Health Department on the 3rd Floor of Town Hall
Public Counter Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
By Appointment: Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
In order for the Inland Wetlands Agency to review your proposed pool project, we will need the following documents and reviews:
1. A completed "Greensheet." This is available in our office or on the Town's website section for Inland Wetlands Department.
2. A site plan depicting the proposed pool, limit of grading, and location of the pool fence. This is the minimum amount of information needed. We will examine our records to see if we can determine if wetlands and/or watercourses are within 100-150 feet from the proposed disturbance.
3a. If office records are sufficient to determine there are no regulated areas in proximity to the work, staff will sign your "sign off sheet" and stamp your plans indicating no permit is required.
3b. If office records are insufficient to determine the presence or absence of wetlands and watercourses, staff will either conduct a site visit themselves or make a recommendation to have a soil scientist evaluate the site to make the determination.
4a. Once staff has visited the site or the soil scientist's report has submitted, staff can determine if a permit is needed or not. If no permit is needed, the "sign off sheet" will be signed and your plans stamped indicating no permit is required.
4b. If proposed work is in a wetland, watercourse, and/or within 100-150 feet of these features, a wetlands permit will be needed. Staff will provide you with the application package and provide guidance on the additional information required to make application. Application requirements can also be found on the Town's website. Application requirements will vary and reflect the complexity of the proposal.
5. Depending on the complexity of the project, a permit can be issued within 2 weeks to 6 months from submission.
Public counter hours for assistance are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Sewer CCTV Inspection Permit and Additional Sewer Permitting may be required. For determination, please complete the "Sewer Division Review for Building Permit Sign Off Sheet." Click Here.
This sign-off is not usually required for this type of activity.
Note: All departments accept credit card payments for permit fees.