Pool + Spa Permits

Overland Park permits the construction of new pools in the city, and permits and inspects the operations of all public and semi-public pools in the city annually.

Annual Operation Permit

This permit is required annually for the operation of all public and semi-public swimming facilities, including pools and spas at

  • Apartments
  • Home associations
  • Hotels
  • Health clubs
  • Condominiums
  • City pools

Before community services issues a permit, inspectors check:

  • Chlorine level – 1.0 to 5.0 ppm of chlorine required
  • pH of water – 7.2 to 7.8 required
  • Chemical test kit
  • Temperature of spas – maximum of 104°F
  • Ladders and handrails in good condition
  • Depth markings
  • Step markings
  • Transition lines
  • Safety equipment, including life poles, ring buoy, safety signage, and emergency telephone

The City keeps records on all pool/spa facilities and are available upon request.

Apply for an Annual Pool Permit Online

Building Permit

A building permit is required for all new residential swimming pools that are 24 inches or greater in depth or have a filter system, heater or electrical lighting.

A complete set of plans must be submitted for the building permit. This includes a plot plan with

  • Proposed pool or spa location, showing distances to property lines
  • House and adjacent structures
  • Septic system tanks and lateral lines for lots without public sewers
  • Location and distance of overhead and underground electric lines
  • Fence or other pool enclosure
  • Provide a deck-framing plan where decks constructed of wood are used for walkways or supporting spas or hot tubs
  • Setbacks of deck or pool patio from property lines

Permit Fees

Permit fees are based on the valuation of the project.

Projects valued less than $5,000 – Permits for these projects are $30.

Projects valued between $5,000 and $19,000 – Permits for these projects are $50.

Projects valued more than than $19,001 – Permit fees for work valued over $19,000 are calculated using the valuation multiplied by .0050 rounded to the nearest dollar.

Submitting an Application

Submit the pool/spa building permit application and fees in-person to the Planning and Development Services Department on the second floor of City Hall at 8500 Santa Fe Drive.

Construction Guidelines