Ready to Take the Plunge?
Nothing takes the swelter out of hot summer days like leaping into your own swimming pool. But before deciding to build one, consider…
Will a pool fit on your property? Is there room to meet minimum setbacks from property lines, wetlands, and easements? Make sure it's possible to install a pool in your yard. Call Hillsborough County Development Services' site review staff, (813) 272-5600.
Selecting a contractor is the most important thing you'll do. Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, and family members who had pools installed. Check the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website to make sure a contractor is licensed and in good standing. Get bids from at least three qualified firms, and speak with a few of their past customers.
Average pools range in price from $20,000 to $50,000. Choose the size, shape, and features that make sense for your family, and your budget.
A swimming pool is a structure. It's not just a big hole in the ground, filled with water. On average, it takes 60-90 days to build a pool after obtaining a permit.
A permit is required for all in-ground and on-ground pools, hot tubs, and non-portable spas in unincorporated Hillsborough County. To begin the process, make an appointment with Development Services by calling (813) 272-5600, or visit either of two locations:
• The Center for Development Services on the 19th floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa
• The SouthShore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. S.E., Suite 104, in Ruskin
The application and accompanying documents, including a site plan, provide details such as the scope of work proposed, the pool's dimensions and type of surface finish, and the brand and size of pump(s).
After the County issues a permit and construction begins, inspectors will visit repeatedly to ensure the work is proceeding as planned. Safety is a primary consideration. Inspectors make sure measures are taken to prevent young children, non-swimmers, and other people from drowning, being electrocuted, or sustaining other injuries in or around a pool.
It's wise to await final inspection approval before making the last payment.
The Florida Swimming Pool Association is a good resource for residents who are thinking about installing pools, and for those who already have them. There's information about pool construction, licensed contractors, safety, and maintenance.