Modern Mississauga presents Ask The City - Do I need a building permit to install a backyard swimming pool?

Modern Mississauga and the City of Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Ask the City.”
We’ll share relevant information here and answer your questions about our city.
Today’s question is about residential pools. 

I want to install a pool in my backyard this summer, do I need to get a building permit?

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You don’t need a building permit to install an above-ground or in-ground swimming pool, hot tub or swim spa in your backyard.

However, you do need to follow the swimming pool installation procedure which will require you to submit documents and pay fees to the City before you install the swimming pool, hot tub or swim spa.

Your pool must be set back at least 1.5 meters from all lot lines, measured from the inside wall of the pool. If you're installing a hot tub, swim spa or your property is next to a greenbelt zone, you may need to meet different requirements. Those requirements can be found in the Zoning by-law.

For more information on documents you need to submit, the fees you need to pay and the steps you need to take to install a swimming pool in your backyard, visit

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