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Whether you plan on installing an above ground pool, an inflatable pool or an inground pool, there are certain By-Laws that must be followed.

Here is what you need to know before you begin:

Building Permit

A complete Building Permit Application requires the following:

  • A completed building permit application form
  • Two (2) copies of a site plan/survey showing your proposed swimming pool, existing and or proposed fencing and any other proposed structures accessory to the pool indicating their location and setbacks to property lines (see attached example of a typical site plan required for your permit application).
  • Two (2) copies of a lot grading plan designed by a Registered Professional Engineer or Ontario Land Surveyor if a semi in-ground or in-ground pool is proposed.

If your proposal includes the construction of a deck, shed etc., you'll need two (2) copies of your building plans drawn to scale. The drawings must have sufficient detail so that someone, following the drawings, could build the structure.

Zoning By-Law and Pool Enclosure By-Law
All pools and accessory buildings, regardless of size, must comply with the provisions of the Town of Tillsonburg Zoning By-Law and Pool Enclosure By-Law.


These requirements include:

  • The location of the pool is required to be located in the side, or rear yard. Pools are not permitted to be located in the required front yard
  • Setbacks from property lines (generally a minimum of 4 ft)
  • Minimum height for pool enclosures is 5 feet (1.52 m)
  • Also take drainage issues into consideration when locating your pool
  • All swimming pools must be enclosed by fencing complying with the Town of Tillsonburg Fence By-Law 4008.


Download "Doing it Right Guide - Pools" (PDF)