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A permit is required for the following swimming pool types:

  • Above-ground Swimming Pools—All above-ground pools over 250 square feet with a water depth of 24 inches or more require a permit.
    • If the pool is located in CBCA, Flood Plain or Historical property then a permit is required, regardless of size.
  • In-ground Swimming Pools—All in-ground pools require a permit and a fence built to code. View the requirements for swim barriers
  • Indoor Swimming Pools—All indoor swimming pools require a permit as well as a fence that's at least 6 feet in height.

Note: Environmental Health Services (EHS) regulates the construction of food service facilities, adult healthcare and public swimming pools and supports the building permit review process. All construction plans, whether new construction or renovation, must be submitted for approval. The food plans review staff also examine Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Risk Assessments and the HACCP Manual. Review the Health Department guidelines for required documents. Review the EHS fee schedule for fees.

Required Documents 

About the Application Process

To learn more about the application process, read the steps and watch the videos below, or view the FAQ or full tutorial video playlist.

 Apply for a Permit

Once you have reviewed the process outlined above and have gathered your required documentation, apply for your permit online using the buttons below.


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Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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