Feb 102014

City of Johannesburg Relaxes Swimming Pool Plan Submissions

POOL OK01 JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans

A Stunning Swimming Pool
Would you need to submit plans for a pool like this? See the post below.
Pool by Prime Pools

The City of Johannesburg’s Planning Department has confirmed that they have relaxed the by-laws relating to swimming pools and plan submissions. These regulations concern the submission of plans – namely when plans are required and when are they not required.

Following up on a query from a reader, Jadie Naicker, we contacted the national office of the NSPI (National Swimming Pool Institute) to find out what they know about the situation. The local Johannesburg manager, Myrtle, said that there were rumours of a relaxation, but that they had put a request to the council in writing for confirmation. By last week they had not had a reply, so she was unable to comment on whether these rumours were true or not.

We contacted the City of Johannesburg Town Planning Department and spoke to one of the building inspectors who confirmed that the swimming pool building by-laws were amended at the end of 2013.





POOL More 3MetersA JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans

Putting in a New Pool
If your zoning area allows you to build up to three meters from the boundary, then no plans are required, any closer than three meters then you must submit plans.

The regulations vary depending on zoning; the zone that the property is situated in. If the property is in a zone that has a building line restriction of three meters then any pool that is built within this three-meter line will need plans submitted. If the pool does not cross any of these boundary lines then plans will not be required.

POOL Less 3Meters01A JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans

A Pool Closer than 2 Meters
Depending on your zone, if you want to build a pool closer than 2 meters from your boundary, then you will need plans.
Pool by Prime Pools

In areas that do not have building lines set, the by-law requires that any pool built closer than two meters to the boundary must submit plans.

One of the main reasons for this is that the Town Planning Department must scrutinize the site plans and confirm to the building inspectors that there are not any services such as water supply, sewage or electricity supply amongst others that could be affected.

 Pool Safety

Security poolcover JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans

A Hard-wearing Safety Pool Cover

Public safety and swimming pools is a National Building Regulation and is applicable whether plans had to be submitted or not. Read more on our page SANS 10400 Part D – Public safety.

The City of Johannesburg put forward planned by-law amendments in 2009 to regulate safety around swimming pools in the Johannesburg area. In addition to the National Building Regulations Part-D, extra safety measures were mooted. These include issue of a permit by the Council and the fact that every outdoor swimming pool must be secured with a pool cover or fitted with a floating pool alarm device at all times when the pool is not use. The Council may exempt an owner from compliance with this section if it is satisfied with the efficiency of any other means of protection used.



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  1. Subject:
    Inlaws not wanting to put a pool fence up

    Hi, My wife has left me & gone back to SA, I live in NZ. My worry is my inlaws have a pool, my 20month daughter loves water & my inlaws have told me they dont need to get a pool fence and they have raised 2 kids there before, how do i get hold of council or is this something you could do to get them flagged?
    My biggest fear is my daughter drowns

    • Hi Mark, Have a look at the page on Public Safety and have a look at the various acceptable ways the swimming pool can be fenced. You do not say which municipality your in-laws live, but some by-laws in some areas do require additional safety measures to be taken. There is a list of municipalities and contact numbers here: municipality-contact

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