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Pools and Spas

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This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and poolconstruction processes associated with a pool and/or spa project. For additional information, please review our Swimming Pools handout.

To find out if a permit is required, please review our handout "Work Exempt From Building Permits" or call us at (619) 691-5272. Work exempt from a building permit must still comply with applicable local and State building regulations and codes. Furthermore, the Chula Vista Zoning Ordinance applies to the use and location of all structures, including those not requiring a building permit. All new structures must therefore be reviewed by the Planning Division to ensure the structure meets the requirements of the zone. Please check with Planning staff (619-585-5621) to ensure your proposed structure meets all standards, such as setbacks from property lines and adjacent structures, allowable height, and lot coverage.

To apply for a pool and/or spa permit, you need to stop at our Building Counter in the Public Service Building at 276 Fourth Avenue across the street from the library (north-west corner of 4th and F, downtown Chula Vista.) For us to accept your permit application, you must provide us with a complete submittal package. A complete submittal package consists of the following:

  1. A completed  "Residential Accessory Patio Cover, Pool, Wall Application" Form 4562B
  2. Three copies of a Plot/Site Plan showing the general layout of the existing building site, location of the pool and/or spa, and address. Please review our handout, "How To Prepare A Residential Plot Plan", Form 4595, or call us at (619) 691-5272.
  3. Two copies of construction plans and details.

During the permitting process you will be asked to pay two separate fees; Plan Check Fee and Permit Fee. You are required to pay the Plan Check Fee before we can take in your application for plan check. As for the Permit Fee, you must pay it at time of permit issuance. If you use a standard "Master Swimming Pool/Spa Plans" for the structural plans, the Plan Check Fee is included in the Permit Fee and is paid at time of permit issuance. Both fees are determined by the type of construction and square footage.

After our Development Services Technicians (DST's) verify that the application package is complete, and you pay the Plan Check Fees, they will forward a set of plans/documents to each of the three departments/divisions; Building, Planning, and Engineering. Approval from all three departments/divisions is required prior to permit issuance. To contact any of the departments/divisions, please see the contact list shown at the end of this document.

The plan check process is then tracked in our Automated Tracking System and the project is assigned a standard turn-around-time. The standard turn-around-time for an initial review is 21 calendar days. The standard turn-around-time for follow-up reviews (rechecks) is 14 calendar days.. If you use a standard "Master Swimming Pool/Spa Plans", the plan check can be done "Over-The- Counter" and the permit may be issued the same day.

After you obtain all the required approvals and pay the Permit Fee, a DST will issue you a building permit. Now you can start construction. At certain stages of the construction, you must schedule for an inspection. The following list represents the sequence of required inspections for a typical pool and/or spa:

1. LP Gas - underground gas piping system.
2. Electrical - underground conduit/cables.
3. Steel and Bonding.
4. Fence(s)/Gate(s)
5. Final

City Dept. / Division
Phone Number
Fax Number

(Permits Section)


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