Signing hot tub permit application

If you’re thinking about purchasing a hot tub, or have just ordered one and are patiently waiting for it to arrive, permits are probably the last thing on your mind.

However, it’s important for you to consider hot tub permit requirements before becoming a proud hot tub owner.

Set the bathing suit aside and keep reading to learn about the permit requirements you need to consider before installing your hot tub.

Prefabricated vs. Custom

In most states and cities, prefabricated above-ground pools and hot tubs under a certain capacity and size do not require a building permit.

So, you likely won’t need a building permit if you’re installing an average-size above-ground hot tub.

This changes, though, if you’re having a hot tub custom-built, or are installing an in-ground hot tub. In that case, you’ll probably need a building permit in order to proceed.

Plumbing and Electrical Safety

Even if you’re planning on installing a prefabricated above-ground hot tub, you’ll still need to adhere to your zone’s plumbing and electrical codes.

For example, you need to have an electrician check your electrical source to make sure there’s no risk of electric shock. Additionally, a plumber should ensure that any water supply lines are up to code.

State-Specific Requirements

In addition to general requirements, many states enact their own safety and permit requirements for both pools and hot tubs.

Here are some examples:

  • Distance from property line: In states such as California and Minnesota, you’ll need to set your hot tub at least five feet from your property line.
  • Safety barriers: Some states require that hot tubs be protected by safety barriers. In Washington, for instance, barriers with self-latching gates are required for all pools and spas more than two feet deep.
  • Filling restrictions: In California, state and city measures may prohibit hot tub owners from draining and refilling their hot tub except in the event of leaks or sanitary issues.
  • A choice of safety measures: In Florida, residential hot tub owners must implement at least one of several safety measures. These include things like an exit alarm, a hot tub cover and a safety barrier of at least four feet.

To ensure that your hot tub is fully compliant, be sure to check with your state and city before installing and using your hot tub.

Additional Structures

Many hot tub shoppers love the idea of placing their hot tub on top of a deck or inside a gazebo. However, remember that many such structures require additional building permits. (Click here for help deciding between a gazebo and a hot tub enclosure.)

For instance, some areas require that accessory structures (such as gazebos) over a certain square footage have a building permit. Most areas also require that decks have building permits, too.

Of course, these permit requirements vary by location. So, be sure to check with your local permit office before making any decisions or installing your hot tub.

With the right permits, you’ll be able to put your mind at ease and soak in peace. What’s not to love about that?