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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Pool Permit Requirements

This summer looks a little different than years past with public pools and water parks closed due to COVID-19. Many families are considering putting in their own backyard swimming pool for family fun. Before getting started, be sure to get a permit from the City. Any pool that is over 24” in depth requires a permit prior to installation and must be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48” in height. Please contact Sybille Wilson at 816-230-5577, ext. 6, or by email at, for more information about obtaining a permit. The permit application may also be found on our website at


Adopted by the City of Odessa, MO by Ordinance # 2941 on 8/24/2017

Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs

303.1 Swimming pools. Swimming pools shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and kept in good repair.

303.2 Enclosures. Private swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, containing water more than 24 inches (610 mm) in depth shall be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48 inches (1219 mm) in height above the finished ground level measured on the side of the barrier away from the pool. Gates and doors in such barriers shall be self-closing and self-latching. Where the self-latching device is a minimum of 54 inches (1372 mm) above the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate. Self-closing and self-latching gates shall be maintained such that the gate will positively close and latch when released from an open position of 6 inches (152 mm) from the gatepost. No existing pool enclosure shall be removed, replaced or changes in a manner that reduces its effectiveness as a safety barrier.

Exception: Spas or hot tubs with a safety cover that complies with ASTM F136 shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.

Permits for Pools

2012 International Residential Building Code

R105. Any pool that is over 24” (610 mm) in depth will require a permit to be installed.

Permit Application
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