Swimming Pool Removal Permit Requirements
This permit will allow an existing swimming pool to be removed or filled in.

A demolition permit is required for the removal of all pools. Permits are required prior to the demolition work.

Following is a listing of the general requirements based on the 2019 California Building Code, 2019 California Residential Code, and 2019 California Plumbing Code. This brochure is intended to provide general information, contact the Building Safety Division for any questions or additional information.
  • Swimming pools shall be drained to the sanitary sewer clean out. Swimming pools shall not be drained to street, gutter or storm drain. If the property is on a septic system and there is no sanitary sewer clean out, contact the Environmental Services Department at (408) 730-7270 for guidance.

  • If the shell of the pool or septic tank is to remain, a minimum of four holes (each a minimum 1’ in diameter) shall be drilled into the bottom of the pool floor or septic tank (one of the holes shall be at the deepest point).

  • The pool or septic tank shell shall be filled with crushed rock material (3/4” minimum size to 1-1/2” maximum size) for a minimum of 12" deep at the bottom and then clean fill, or other approved material, can be added on top to match adjacent grade level.

  • All gas, water, and sewer lines to the pool shall be securely capped off with an approved fitting (gas line is required to have a screw fitting). (CPC 722, 1206.3)

  • All electrical pool equipment, including the breaker in the electrical panel, shall be removed.
If a structure is to be constructed above or near the filled area, a geotechnical report/letter prepared by a soils engineer will be required.

The Swimming Pool Removal Permit is NOT available on-line if you are:
  • Placing any structures over the pool.
If the condition above applies, the permit shall be issued at the One-Stop Permit Center, City Hall, 456 W Olive Avenue. Specific process information is available at the Building Division web site.

  • Two inspections are required for pool removals. The in-progress inspection should be scheduled when the holes along the pool floor have been drilled and before the pool is filled. The final inspection should be scheduled after all work is completed.
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