Coronavirus Affects City Services

To prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community, Johnson County Government has ordered residents to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning Tuesday, March 24 for 30 days.

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Recycling Center, and playgrounds and shelters at City parks are closed, and many other City services are affected by this order.

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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