Swimming pool construction cannot start until pool permits have been issued. In 2004 and 2005, cities and counties were so backed up that one municipality was nearly three months behind in issuing new permits to homeowners.

Getting the pool permit always feels like a major victory. It’s the first hurdle that must be jumped in order to get starting with building a new pool. Knowing where to start and what to include on a permit application is often part of the mystery; however, most cities have put all of that knowledge into documents that can be downloaded for their websites. Links to these applications and regulations can be found here.

Some of the information required on the permit may require a little research on the part of the homeowners. Things like the home’s assessor’s parcel number (APN) or the property dimensions or a public utility easement (PUE). The answers to these questions can often be found at the county assessor’s office.

Here’s a couple of links to the local county assessors in and around the Phoenix metro area (click the links):

Once at the site, just fill in the information regarding the property’s address, sub-division, or even search by surname. Occasionally, the search feature on these websites comes back with “no record meets that description.” If that happens, don’t give up. It may take a little creative searching or backing into the query to find the information.

If this information is provided and double-checked, a permit should be issued in about two weeks. Some cities even issue permits right over the counter.

Once the swimming pool permit has been issued, the next step will be to schedule the first phase of construction – excavation!