Swimming Pools

Swimming Pool installation or construction requires permits and inspections to ensure its safe use. All swimming pools require a barrier please review this document prior to your permit submission: Appendix V - Swimming Pools 2018 Residential Code 

Permits Required 

 All swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas require a Residential Accessory Building Permit. The following types of permits could be required depending on the complexity of the project: 

  • Residential Accessory Building Permit for installation and construction  
  • Electrical Permit for all electrical wiring including bonding of metal components in and surrounding the pool area. All pools require an electrical permit.  
  • Mechanical Permit for the installation of pool heaters  
  • Gas Fuel Permit for the installation of gas lines 
  • Plumbing Permit for the connection made to a potable water system 

All trade permits that are required can be listed on the Residential Accessory application. You do not need to submit a separate application for electrical, mechanical, gas/fuel, or plumbing permits that are associated with the construction of your pool. 

Permit Process 
Customers can choose to submit pool applications in paper or electronic form. This document explains what is needed for a completed application packet and what the review process entails: Residential Pool Permit Processing Information

Once you are ready to submit your application for can email it to permitting@onslowcountync.gov or bring the paper application to our office at 234 NW Corridor Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Construction Document Requirements  

Submitted construction documents must contain sufficient information for plan reviewers to be able to review the proposed construction work. 

In addition to the Residential Permit submission requirements, when constructing or installing a swimming pool, hot tub, or spa you need  to submit the following information:

  • A site plan
  • A copy of your septic permit if your home is on a septic system
  • Pool Type
  • Size and location of the pool
  • Type of pool decking including size and location
  • Wooden deck construction details 
  • Pool Barrier details including locations of all access gate


Throughout your building permit process and depending upon the extent of the work, you will be required to complete different inspections. 

The Minimum Inspections required for a swimming pool.

  • Setback: Ensure the pool and any approved decking meets the minimum setback for the lot
  • Open Ditch Electrical: All underground wiring in or around the pool area
  • Pool Bonding Inspection: Before the placement of any concrete in the pool shell or surrounding pool deck or ground area for an above ground pool
  • Compliance Zoning: Ensures setbacks are still being met and that the location of the pool has not changed since the initial setback inspection and ensures that no unpermitted structures or decking has been completed 
  • Electrical Final: All electrical work is complete
  • Building Final: All work is completed and the fence/barrier installed

*These inspection are only meant to depict the minimum inspection requirements when installing a pool and associated decking. Depending on the complexity of the project, additional inspections could be required. 

Call Onslow County Permitting Technicians to schedule your inspection appointment by 4:00 p.m. for next business day inspections. Permit Technicians can be reached Monday - Friday at 910-455-3661 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


The cost for permits vary depending on the complexity of the project. Below is our current fee schedule which can be used to estimate the cost of your project.

*Additional permits and fees may be required from other departments.