Residential Swimming Pool Regulations in Johnston County

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Steps to Building a Pool in Johnston County, North Carolina

In order for residential swimming pools to be safe, the state of North Carolina as well as individual counties and townships have regulations you must follow. Knowing what these rules are before installing a project will be important in order for you to be sure you are in compliance with codes.

Permits and inspections are required in Johnston County for any project that holds more than 24 inches of water such as:

  • In-Ground Pools
  • Above-Ground Pools
  • On-Ground Pools
  • Spas
  • Hot Tubs

This article provides you with the specifics about what the regulations are so that you can meet them knowingly and avoid any problems.

Johnston County Swimming Pool Regulations

Regulations for Johnston County follow the North Carolina .2500 Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools amended and effective October 1, 2020. Please refer to Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Information on the Johnston County Inspections website for details on the following regulations.

Barrier, Gate, and Alarm Requirements

The barrier is the fence containment that is built around your pool. All outdoor swimming pools including in-ground, above-ground, or on-ground pools, hot tubs, and spas, must have a barrier that complies with the regulations. There are also rules that govern gates that grant access to the swimming pool and alarms for the gates.

Electrical Code

Abiding by the electrical codes is required when you are installing a pool, spa, or hot tub. An electrical permit is issued to ensure that all metal parts within five feet of the pool are properly grounded and safe.


Swimming Pool Application Process for Johnston County

The Johnston County Inspections Department can accept applications online.

These are the items you need for the application in Johnston County:

  • An approved site plan and zoning permit from the appropriate zoning jurisdiction for your address
  • A copy of septic permit from the Environmental Health Department
  • Deck plans if you are planning to build a deck around or up to the pool

Obtaining an Operation Permit

All pools and spas in Johnston County must have an operation permit issued in order to operate. All in-ground and permanently installed above-ground pools need a permit. Additionally, any portable or storable pool with water depth at or above 24” needs a permit. A permit is valid for one year from the issuance date.

Submitting an Application

Before you can get an annual operation permit, you must submit the following to the Environmental Health Office:

Getting Approval for your New Pool

After submitting the application, it will either be approved or not. If it is approved but construction is not started within one year from the approval date, the approval is considered void.


Before Beginning Construction of an In-Ground Pool in Johnston County

Before beginning construction, you must submit a complete set of plans with the equipment specification sheets and data sheet to the Johnston County Environmental Health Office for their review and approval. The plans and specs should be prepared by a registered design professional and constructed by a swimming pool contractor, like Prestige Pools of NC, which is licensed by North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.

Costs for a Pool Permit

The following fees are paid when you submit the application:

  • $12.50 zoning fee
  • $100.00 building fee
  • $60.00 electric fee
  • $60.00 deck fee

Contact Prestige Pools of NC for Pool Installation in Johnston County, NC

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