Planning Permission is not required subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No building, enclosure, pool or container forward of the principal elevation fronting a highway.
  • Buildings are to be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof or 3 metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height 2.5 metres within 2 metres of a boundary.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Maximum 50% coverage of land (i.e. garden) around the original house can be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers or pools more than 20 metres from the house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land (includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites), buildings, enclosures, containers or pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

It is recommended that you contact the local authorities to ascertain whether you require consent. The rules governing swimming pools apply equally to outbuildings, sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as ponds, sauna cabins, kennels and many other structures incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

Outdoor swimming pools do not generally require planning permission unless you are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, green belt, listed building or a conservation area. If you do come under one of these categories then contact your planning office for advice.

Indoor swimming pools will be subject to planning and building control applications. This includes new builds and change of use etc. It is advisable for all indoor or commercial pools to commission an architect to prepare a basic set of drawings for an outline planning application. This will not only facilitate the planning and building control applications process but will allow the main contractor and/or the swimming pool contractor to provide estimates and a specification for the enclosure, the swimming pool and the plant equipment required in the pool hall.

The costs you can expect to incur for maintaining a healthy Swimming Pool depend on several factors including: how big the swimming pool is; whether additional features such as Pool Lighting and Water Fountains are being used; where the pool is located and the dimesions of the pool.

To maintain an average swimming pool you can expect to pay around £600 to £1000 a year. Other factors may increase that estimate. If you use a heater for example, this will dramatically increase your electricity costs even further.

Installing inefficient equipment like a low quality pool pump may also add to your power consumption. Buying quality akin to the Products 4 Pools excellent range of pool pumps and filters can save money in the long run.

Yes, we have a great collection of swimming pool heaters, all from trusted brands like Pahléns and Thermalec.

You can heat your pool using Gas Heaters, Oil Heaters or Electric Heaters, Heat Pumps, Heat Exchangers and Solar Heating.

Effective and suitable ventilation should be provided throughout the building by a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air. This can be achieved by mechanical ventilation or air-conditioning systems.

Where necessary, for reasons of health and safety, ventilation equipment should be fitted with audible or visual warning of any failure of the ventilation system.

Careful consideration should be given to any air recirculation system where pool hall air is to be used because recirculation of contaminants could increase overall contamination levels.

Where, for heat recovery purposes, ventilation air is recirculated, you must take care to ensure there is not a build-up of harmful compounds in the pool hall air – a minimum of 30% fresh air should be provided. Care should be taken with ventilation to avoid draughts.

Wet air conditioning systems can harbour legionella bacteria if they are not managed properly. Hot and cold water systems, which include hot and cold water outlets, such as showers, should be managed along with your pool water system to ensure safety (see

All pools require need chemicals to keep the water clean. We offer several Fi-Clor Swimming Pool and Spa Starter Chemical Kits for you to choose from, each with all the necessary chemicals you’ll need to get you going.

If you’d like to know more about maintaining a pool with chemicals, click the link below for an interesting WikiHow article about how to correctly maintain the water chemistry in your pool:

The affects of a badly maintained pool environment can include:
irritation of skin, eyes and the respiratory system caused by chemical disinfectants and disinfection by-products;
infection due to inadequate control of micro-organisms;
the possibility of fire due to some disinfectants being strong oxidising agents;
leaks of toxic gases. The most serious being the uncontrolled escape of chlorine gas, following inadvertent mixing of a chlorinebased disinfectant with acids;
use of inappropriate or defective electrical equipment.

Yes! The potential risks outlined previously state why it’s important to take seriously. Under the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authorities) Regulations, the local authority is the enforcing authority for all pools unless it is the owner and/or occupier with control of the activities or equipment. HSE is the enforcing authority in pools operated by local authorities, in educational establishments and at Ministry of Defence premises.

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