Installing a swimming pool is permitted on most residential properties in the City. There are general provisions on where the pool can be located and how far it needs to be set back from all lot lines.
You can find the general provisions for swimming pools in subsection 4.1.4 of the Zoning By-law.
The zoning of your property may have additional regulations. Review the general provisions, and then check the zoning regulations for your property using the find property information tool.
Zoning information sheets
These information sheets may help you understand the by-law regulations for a pool.
Pool heating and filtering equipment
External heating, air conditioning and pool heating or filtering equipment cannot be located in your front yard. All equipment must be at least 0.61 metres from all lot lines.
For more information see subsection 4.1.6 of the Zoning By-law.
Minimum setbacks to greenland zones
If your lot is next to land zoned as greenland, any new pools may have to be built farther away from your property lines.
Check the setback to greenland zones in subsection 4.1.8 of the Zoning By-law.
You can determine if your lot is next to a greenland zone by using the zoning information map.
Installing your pool
A building permit is not required for pools, but you do need to get approval for a pool enclosure. Learn more about the approvals you need to install a swimming pool.
If you need more information, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).