Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs

Pool Specifications
This information applies to swimming pools greater than fifteen inches deep and fifteen feet in diameter.  Swimming pools smaller than the aforementioned size are exempt from these rules.

Pools such as the one shown here are considered permanent pools and must adhere to the information provided on this page.  In this case a fence as described for in-ground pools would be required, as this pool does not have solid walls.
Above Ground Swimming Pool
Permit Requirements
The following items are needed to obtain permits:
  • Permit Application Form (PDF) completed
  • Site plan showing the following:
    • Distances to all lot lines from existing and proposed structures
    • Distances to all overhead power lines on the property
    • Erosion Control Plan with site plan showing control measures. (For in-ground pools only)
Setback Regulations
The following setbacks contain numbers in parentheses that correspond with the items below in the notes section.

CR, NR Zoning (1):
  • Front or street side yard - NP
  • Rear yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • Interior side yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • From a building - 10 feet 0 inches
MR Zoning (2):
  • Front or street side yard - NP
  • Rear yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • Interior side yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • From a building - 10 feet 0 inches
UR Zoning (1):
  • Front or street side yard - NP
  • Rear yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • Interior side yard - 10 feet 0 inches
  • From a building - 10 feet 0 inches

Note:
NP=Not Permitted
1 Note: 50% of gross lot area must remain green space.
2 Note: 40% of gross lot area must remain green space.
Swimming pools or hot tubs may not be located within any easements.

Check with the Dane County Register of Deeds office for deed or plat restrictions prior to construction. The City of Verona does not have nor enforce this information.

Enclosure Regulations
In-Ground
All outdoor, in-ground swimming pools or hot tubs shall have a fence or other solid structure not less than 4 feet in height, completely enclosing the pool or hot tub with no opening therein (other than doors or gates) larger than 3 inches square. Such a fence or solid structure shall not be located within 6 feet of the pool or hot tub. All gates or doors opening through the enclosure shall be kept securely closed and locked at all times when not in actual use and shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device designed to keep and be capable of keeping such door or gate securely locked at all times when not in actual use.

The use of safety or hard covers does not satisfy or eliminate the requirement for a fence.

Above-Ground
All outdoor, above-ground swimming pools and hot tubs shall adhere to one of the following:
  • Have an approved barrier around the pool or hot tub (approved methods are a fence as described above for in-ground installations)
  • Be constructed of a solid wall of durable material and is more than 3 feet above the level of the ground immediately adjacent to the pool or hot tub (such a solid pool or hot tub wall barrier shall not be located within 6 feet of any other wall or fence or other structure which can be readily climbed by children. Every entrance to a pool or hot tub, such as a ladder, must be secured or adequately safeguarded to prevent unauthorized entry into the pool or hot tub)
Electrical Codes
Rules for electrical installations for swimming pools, spas and hot tubs can be found in Article 680 of the National Electric Code.