Swimming Pools

In-ground PoolIn-Ground Swimming Pools
A building permit is required for in-ground swimming pools. Applicants are required to submit 2 sets of engineered pool plans and site plans to the Community Development office for plan review. Residential lots with pools must meet state code pool barrier requirements (PDF). To submit an application for a pool permit, download a building permit application (PDF) and submittal checklist (PDF).

Temporary Pools
Building permits are not required to install pre-fabricated above ground and on-ground temporary pools for 1 and 2 family dwellings, however:
  • You must have the permission of the property owner
  • You must place the pool within the property setbacks required for the zoning of the property (view the table below)
  • Above Ground PoolYou are responsible to meet state code pool barrier requirements
  • You will need permits for any gas, electric or plumbing connections (available at the Community Development permit counter)
  • You will need permits for any decks over 30 inches high and any other accessory structure not exempt from a permit; a site plan and construction framing details will be required to be submitted for plan review
Setback Requirements For Pools in Residential Zones
Please refer to section 12.152 of the City of Grants Pass Development Code (PDF) for other provisions which may apply to your property.

Minimum Residential Lot Requirements Schedule 12-5
Zone Lot Area
1 Unit
(Square Feet)
Area/du
2+ Units
(Square Feet_
Lot
Width
(Feet)
Front
Yard
(Feet)
Ext. Side/
Rear
Yard
(Feet)
Side
Yard
(Feet)
Rear
Yard
(Feet)
UR 43,560
43,560 150 20 10
(Note 5)
10 20
R-1-12 12,000 12,000 80 20 10
(Note 5)
6-10
(Note 6)
6
R-1-10 10,000 10,000 75 20 10
(Note 5)
6-10
(Note 6)
6
R-1-8 8,000 8,000 70 20 10
(Note 5)
6-10
(Note 6)
6
R-1-6 6,000 5,000 60 20 10
(Note 5)
6-10
(Note 6)
6
R-2 5,000 3,750 50 20 10
(Note 5)
5 5
R-3 5,000 2,500 50 20 10
(Note 5)
5 5
R-4 5,000 1,250 50 10
(Note 5)
10
(Note 5)
5 5

Note 5
Garage door and carport openings shall in all cases maintain a minimum setback of 20 feet.

Note 6
Side yard setbacks shall be a minimum of 6 feet, and the sum of the 2 side yards shall be a minimum of 16 feet. Any side yards beyond the first 2 shall be a minimum of 6 feet.