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31 Oct 2022  /  by Aqua Blue Custom Pools   /   0 Comments

How to Build a Swimming Pool in Houston

Houston, located in Texas, is an upscale community. Houston has many gated communities and amenities and is a popular neighborhood for white-collar workers and young families. Houston is a great place to live.
The city has seen an increase in population since the early 1990s. Many are homeowners looking to create a private oasis in their backyard. This is the information you should know about building a Texas pool before hiring a contractor.
The City of Houston requires swimming pool contractors to register. To be granted a swimming pool construction permit, a contractor must submit three copies of the plans, including survey and site plans.
After issuing the pool permit, subcontractors will need separate licenses to install plumbing and electrical installations. Both licensing and registration laws apply.

Construction will include inspections like:

Swimming Pool Location

A copy of the building permit and approved plans (including a site plan) must also be available at the job site.

Pool Steel

To ensure proper entrapment protection, a drain separation inspection is necessary.

Electrical Underground/Bonding

Electrical Safety Testing Standards require that a PE resistance test be performed as part of an electrical permit. Ground bond testing involves examining the ground points connecting to a device and the main ground.

Deck Steel

Recheck the 5' bonding radius rule and steel bonding.


It is essential to obtain a gas meter as part of your plumbing permit before you complete the final inspection. It would help if you used a calibrated gauge that is approved.

Final Inspection of the Pool

Final inspections are required to verify that self-latching and self-closing gates have been installed. The review also includes electrical and plumbing systems.

The contractor must complete a checklist before he starts construction. Engineered proximity letter (if applicable).

The document will decide if the construction is within five feet of the foundation of any building or structure.
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Overhead Electric Line

The National Electrical Code recommends that power lines not exceed 25 feet from the water's edge.

Electric and Gas Blueprint

Approval requires a layout of all wiring, gas connections, and other essential elements.

Utility Variance and Utility Embargo

Utility easements are located near the fence line to allow underground cables to be run in new neighborhoods. Builders must know that the easement does not allow them to place plumbing, gas, drains, or electrical wires. Obtaining approval for a utility variance may not be accessible if they are trying to construct a pool.

Hose Bib with Anti-Siphon

The anti-siphon hose bib prevents water from siphoning through outside faucets, which helps to avoid contaminating your home's drinking water. The city requires that swimming pool builders indicate which device is in use.

VGB-compliant Drains

You should check for certification marks on the drain's cover. All drains must comply with VGB standards, and the best way to ensure your drain covers comply with VGB requirements is to replace them. The MDX, a VGB-compliant debris drain, allows dirt, leaves, and other debris to be removed from your pool.

Self-Closing/Latching Gate

Texas requires that gates be at least six feet high, self-closing, and self-latching. This means it must close entirely and latch automatically without human intervention.

Door Alarms

All doors that lead to the pool area should have a door alarm, and it must be located at least five feet above the threshold, and it should sound continuously for at least 30 seconds.

Electric and Gas Blueprint

Approval requires a layout of all wiring, gas connections, and other essential elements.

Storm Sewer Overflow and Backwash

Storm drains, or storm sewers, prevent flooding on streets and highways by moving water into bayous, creeks, rivers, and Bays.

Exits at each end of the pool

Houston has safety concerns; each pool end must have a ladder, steps, or bench to exit the pool.

No building within three feet of the property line

Houston's pool construction must be at least three feet from the property line.

Six Feet of Slat Fence

The contractor must ensure that the 6' Slat fencing enclosing the whole backyard and pool area is included in the design plans.

Electrical Installation Permit

Not only must an electrician be licensed, but they must also apply for a permit to put in the electric system. The permit application must also include an Electrical Load Analysis by Master Electrician document. Load analysis is used to verify that all electrical systems are safe, efficient, and free from overload. It can also identify potential problems, such as harmonic interference or spikes, which may not be evident in a visual inspection.

HOA Approval

A homeowner's association is a great way to live in a community and can complicate property ownership. Ask your homeowner's association for approval before you build anything. Next week's blog will be available. We'll inform you about the requirements to build the pool of your dreams at Cypress. Aqua Blue Pools has a team available to help you develop your staycation.

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Aqua Blue Custom Pools is an inground swimming pool contractor located in Houston, TX. We specialize in creating custom pools and outdoor living spaces that are shaped around our customer's lifestyles.