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    Good day. Do i need plans to build a pool 6m away from both boundary walls.

  2. This is not covered by the NBR or SANS

  3. Good day what is the current legislation on build wing swimming pool close to a power line what are the rules

  4. Caren Nienaber says:

    Are swimming pools allowed in a private residential garden, below the 1:100 year floodline? The area falls under Tshwane municipality.

  5. Hi
    do i need plans to build a swimming pool that will be 3m away from the boundary walls? I also want to extend on my home but that will only be in a few years time.

  6. Hi, what is the regulations in Pretoria / City of Tshwane regarding the distance a swimming pool must be from a boundary wall?

  7. Hi,

    I currently leave in an estate, I’m planning to build a swimming pool and according to the zoning plans my building line was relaxed to 1m from the boundary wall. do i need to summit plans or any form to COJ for approval?


  8. hi I heard that one may build an above ground pool without plans if the size is less than 9 cubic meters ie. 3m x 3m x 1m deep. effectively a splash pool. is this true do you know?

  9. Does Johannesburg refer to its Municipal only or to immediate local councils like Lesedi, Ekurhuleni etc?

  10. looking at buying a house with a small yard that has been filled on a hillside slant. The fill is abruptly stopped at about 50⁰ angle downwards, 2meters away from downhill neighbor’s precast wall. In the gap between the wall and fill hill is a sewerage servitude line.

    If I were to go ahead, I would like to use the gap by installing a fibre glass splash pool, supported with wooden frame and encircled with wooden decking.

    Keeping the manhole clear for access.

    Are there any restrictions 1st with regards to a pool that close to the wall and 2nd, erecting the structure on top on the sewer line

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I recently sold my place and the new owners requested the house plans. The property is registered in the new owners name already.
    I put a pool in 2015 and I was not told to put the pool on the plans.
    What is the law with regards to this.
    Do I have to add the pool now onto the plans or must the new owner do it as it is there property now

  12. I am in the Roodepoort Area and i would like to build a pool.
    It would be 7*4 and 3 meters away from all boundary fences.
    Would i need to submit plans for this?

  13. Hi Grant, This is a difficult one to answer without seeing the site. The best would be to ask whoever you will get to do your plans to do a 1/2 hr prelim site inspection and then advise you. This way you avoid any complications later on that could be costly.

  14. Hi
    I want to extend my house, however by doing so, the foundation would be close to the pool by about 1.5m.
    What is the safety regulation that I may dig my foundation, in terms of the angle of influence between the wall footings and the depth of the pool?
    Its is a 2.4m x 2.4m fibreglass splash pool.

    I would like to know if it is viable before even submitting a plan for this type of extension. If the wall footing is too close to the pool, then I may need to consider other options

  15. This issue is not governed by the building regulations. You need to check what the City of Johannesburg’s bylaws state. If the pool has caused the wall to shift, then you have a claim against your neighbour, but you’ll have to take legal steps.

  16. Swing pool to close to the boundary wall – Pretoria
    From my estimation the swimming pool is less than 1.5 m from the boundary wall.
    My concern is the fact that the boundary wall is leaning towards my side and thus creating a risk. I also had to extend the wall just for some privacy in my own back yard due to the swimming pool so close to the boundary wall and the increase in the ground level on his side. But the wall leaning to my side started long before the extension of the wall.
    The wall was build years before the swimming pool was installed, but started leaning after the pool was build. The occupant of the property told me that I have to fix “my” wall.
    Is it acceptable building regulation to have a swimming pool close to the boundary wall?

  17. Hi,

    Do I need to submit plans to build a koi pond, 1,8×2,8m?

  18. Some municipalities insist on fencing – so check with the City to see what they say. I know that they did change the swimming pool regs a few years ago.

  19. Check with the council. I know that the swimming pool regs in Johannesburg changed. I don’t think they can force you to cut down the tree!

  20. There are no specific rules for water features. Only swimming pools require fences, unless there is something in the local bylaws. But I’m not aware of anything. You can find out from the local authority.

  21. Hi

    I just want to find out about the safety measures that needs to comply to regarding water features.
    We are putting a shallow “pond/water feature ” next to the house front door.What is the safety rules regarding a pond like this in size and depth that we can do with out having to close it up with netting or fences.
    This area we are in are Hurlingham, Sandton

  22. Is there a law regulating how close a neighbours swimming pool can be to the boundary wall? I have a tree on my side of the wall. They have a swimming pool about 1.5m away from the wall on their side. They want me to take my tree down saying the roots are cracking the pool wall. Is there something that says they shouldn’t have a pool so close to the wall? I’m sure the pool was there when they bought the house.

  23. We live on a plot, sharing the land with the in laws. My son is 5 now, and has had numerous operations on his ears and has never learnt to swim. He is also on the spectrum and has high functioning autism. My father in law has built a pool himself and flatly REFUSES to put any kind of fencing or netting on the pool. I am frantically trying to find out if this is legal and what I can do. Children, like my boy are drawn to water, have no fear and do not un the consequences ?? is there anyone I can contact directly to force them to make the area safe. I AM DESPERATE, please advise

  24. Thank you for the response.

    So am I correct in saying I would need plans drawn up due to the fact that the pool will be closer to the wall then 2m?

    It seems from the article this is due to the location of services? We bought our unit off plan, and one of the reasons we chose this location is due to the fact that we know there are no services in this area.

    Anyhow, submitting plans it is.

    Do you think I could go ahead with construction and submit plans at a later stage?

  25. Hi Darrell, You can read the full story here: jhb-swimming-pools-boundary-lines-plans Just be aware as a owner in a complex there might be rules that you need to adhere to that are unique to your situation, check this first.

  26. Hi there,

    My wife and I are looking at getting a splash pool installed, 3m x 2m.

    We live in a full title unit within a complex in Honeydew Manor in JHB.

    My questions are as follows:

    1. Do I need to have plans drawn up and submit to council?

    2. If yes for above which department do I contact regarding this?

    3. We have a very small area we would like to have the pool installed and the pool would be approximately 450 mm from the boundary wall on the one side and 700 mm from our house on the other side. Would I need special permission ie. relaxation permission?

    Thanks for the assistance.

  27. The City of Jhb doesn’t usually require plans for swimming pools any more – I’m not sure about Alberton. Phone them and ask the question.

  28. Byron as far as I know the City of Jhb no longer requires plans for swimming pools. However you do need to let them know that you are planning to build a pool. If, for any reason, they do want plans, they will no doubt tell you.

  29. Good Day

    I Live in Alberton ( South of Johannesburg ) I know that I have to have its approval by my Body Corp , but do I need to get someone to draw it on my building plans, also do I require the local council to approve it .

    Thank you

  30. Hi, I live in the JHB area. I live in a complex, full title. I would like to build an above ground fiberglass shelled jacuzzi/ spa pool 2mx2m. I have permission from the body corporate. But would I need to submit plans seeing as this is above ground jacuzzi/ spa and will not exceed a meter above the ground.

  31. If you are concerned contact the municipality and ask them to check the plans. The distance from the boundary may not in itself be an issue. However, retaining walls must be built according to approved plans, and adding water pressure will not be factor on the initial plans, unless the pool was included on the plans.

  32. Warren you cannot route it into the sewerage system without permission from the council. It must discharge into a stormwater drain.

  33. erm Alexander – an above ground pool is built above the ground and one that is below the ground is sunk into the ground. Our sister website will give you additional information. As far as plans are concerned, only the City of Jhb allows pools to be built without plans.

  34. Hi Craig, It all depends on the area your house is in and what zoning bye-laws are applicable to your specific zone. As we report in our article
    JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans : “The regulations vary depending on zoning; the zone that the property is situated in.”

  35. I contacted the building plans department today and was told that I do need to submit plans for a swimming pool. And before I fill an inspector needs to come and check it.

  36. Hi there

    I am having a pool installed in my house in Cape Town. Are there any regulations which indicate that my pool backwash cannot go onto the street and must go via my sewerage?

    It will be much easier to route my backwash along with my gutter downpipe that goes into the road than it will be to route it into my drain.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Kind regards,

  37. Alexander Lombard says:

    Good day

    What is the difference in above ground and below ground pools. I want to build a pool/rainwater collector above ground level far away from any parimiter fence but only 1.5 meters from my home. This will place the pools highest point level with the floor level of the front of my house built on a slope. I can connect an now large window later deck entrance with the pool using a deck. I have a rustic design for the pool and I do not mind farm style swimming experience plus there are basic things to do to improve hi-gene.

    I would then extend the deck to cover the pool completely in the winter and use it to water the garden. My question is do I need plans for such a project, deck or pool?

    I stay in Pretoria.

  38. Hi, I live in Cape Town (Hout Bay) and my neighbour is busy building a swimming pool. It seems quite close to our dividing boundary wall (1m or less away) and I just want to confirm regulations around this?

    My concern stems from the fact that his ground level is aprox. 1.5m higher than ours and I worry that having a pool so close to the retainer dividing wall between our two properties will place extra pressure on the wall.

  39. You should be fine with converting your pool to become a sunken garden as part of your landscaped garden. When it is done could you please send in a picture so that we can feature it in a story.

  40. Hi, please advise – I’m draining my pool and want to convert it into a sunken garden. No structural changes, just cementing and paving over the shell and adding containers/benches/etc. Just checking that I don’t need to notify the municipality or submit plans (not sure what that would like) please?

    Thanks and regards

  41. Hi Tyrone, If that is the new approved building line then you should be good to go. What I have found with the planning departments around the country when I call them is that they are very helpful so go ahead and call them to double check.

  42. Tyrone Phillips says:

    Thanks Janek,

    Apologies, I am building in the Joburg area under Joburg Council

    This article refers to the City Of Joburg so I was assuming all queries were based on this council. What I need to know is if my relaxation line has been approved and I build my pool within this new boundary line does that apply as the article states above that no plans are required if the pool is within the boundary lines?

  43. Hi Tyrone, You do not say where you live. The only municipality that we are aware of that does not require plans for pools is Johannesburg, but they do need to be informed, in writing of the pool being installed. Any other municipality will need plans.

  44. Tyrone Phillips says:

    Boundary lines

    The building lines for my Zone are 2 meters from boundary walls but I have already obtained relaxation on my western boundary for my house to 935mm. This is also the best boundary for my pool as I have extensive rock on my stand, so does this mean that if I keep the pool at the same distance from the boundary with approved relaxation of 935mm then I don’t need to submit plans or not?

  45. Sharon there are several issues here. The first is that you have no right to allow your stormwater to drain onto your neighbour’s property. As far as the pool is concerned, you should have had approved plans prior to having the pool built (or whoever had the pool built should have had plans). The fact that it has been standing empty is irrelevant. You need to contact the Tshwane Municipality and find out what they want you to do. You should be able to submit “as built” plans for the pool. You can report your neighbour at the same time! The noise issue is outlined in Part F of SANS 10400, Site Operations. You will see the allowable times if you click the link and scroll down.

  46. Sharon Roos says:


    I bought a house in Pretoria in 2001 with a splash pool, now I unfortunately have awfully annoying neighbors, which have been a constant problem for eg… he closes the wall at the bottom when it rains too much cause our water runs into his property (yes I know odd things).

    However, I have not been living in the house for the last 6 months, got a another house but renting out this house to one of our staff members and now I get a summons I believe from the city council that I do not have plans for the pool, which by the way has been standing empty for the 6 years as it leaks.

    I have not seen the summons yet, will get it this weekend, but what the hell, who do I contact, actually I have no idea what to do. Tried googling for something even not sure what I’m doing 🙂

    and secondly, since we are being small minded and annoying now can I report him about his ‘afdakke’ being on my wall and the fact that he runs a garden service from the house and has all his staff members there early in the morning making a noise

    I know this is being small minded but I have had enough with the neighbors, I don’t even live there anymore

    Any advice would be appreciated

  47. Mike I suggest you contact the City of Cape Town’s planning department. However, I doubt that it would be a problem to build closer to the wall. It may depend on the zoning for your area. The zoning scheme docs for the City are downloadable here – but I don’t think they talk about swimming pools. The other thing to do is get a couple of quotations from NSPI pool builders and ask them for advice in terms of what is and is not allowed.

  48. Dear Sir / Madam
    I live in Kommetjie in Cape Town and at the rear of my property is defence property, which is open space. I have an open space of 5m to the boundary of my property and would like to install a swimming pool 3m wide by 4m in length. Will I be able to install a pool or will there be implications of having to leave 3m to the boundary lines of the property.
    Thanking You

  49. In your local bylaws Justin. You will get these from your local authority.

  50. Good morning,
    Where will I find the specs on road,driveways dimensions of vehicle entrance ways?

  51. This is not contained in the building regulations Justin. Try contacting the NSPI, they might be able to advise.

  52. Rudi, If you have a problem, why not phone the NSPI – they are members. They should be able to help.

  53. Subject:
    Spa facilities

    Good morning ,
    I am trying to find the rules that regulate spa facilities inclusive of signage.Can you please direct me.

  54. Subject:
    Pool company

    Hi there,
    I have got a pool fitted by Natal pools.
    The ower Chris has not handed over the eng. certificate and geo certificate.
    He has also not shown me on what do do or not to do.
    His contact doesnt clearly said he doesnt connect up the eletricity.
    He is now avoiding us.
    Please can you advise me on what to do.

  55. Hi Mark, Have a look at the page on Public Safety and have a look at the various acceptable ways the swimming pool can be fenced. You do not say which municipality your in-laws live, but some by-laws in some areas do require additional safety measures to be taken. There is a list of municipalities and contact numbers here: municipality-contact

  56. Mark Squire says:

    Inlaws not wanting to put a pool fence up

    Hi, My wife has left me & gone back to SA, I live in NZ. My worry is my inlaws have a pool, my 20month daughter loves water & my inlaws have told me they dont need to get a pool fence and they have raised 2 kids there before, how do i get hold of council or is this something you could do to get them flagged?
    My biggest fear is my daughter drowns