Permits required for inflatable pools

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - One way to cool off this summer is a swimming pool. But before you run out and buy one of those popular inflatable pools, there's something you need to know that a permit is required.

They may seem like a fun summertime activity, but above ground, seasonal pools, like these, can be a hazard.

"We're very concerned about these small pools popping up everywhere," said Jean Stanley, Inspections Supervisor for the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspections.

Such pools can range anywhere between $150 and $500 either online or at discount stores. But before you shell out the cash for a storable pool, Chesterfield wants you to know the rules.

The county is stepping up enforcement of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

"We want to as Barney Fife would say, "Nip it in the bud" before we have an accident," said Stanley.

Pools 24 to 48 inches tall are required to have barriers or fences. Pools above 48 inches, act as their own barriers, but must also have removable ladders.

"We've actually cited 108 pools for having incorrect barriers and that sort of thing," said Stanley.

Stanley said they're not out to spoil anyone's fun.

"The whole key here is safety. We don't want anyone getting hurt. Summer is a fun time, a fun time for children and we want to make sure it's a safe time," said Stanley.

A permit in Chesterfield is $58.14. If you're cited for not having one, the fine is the cost of a permit. For permit information, call the Chesterfield Building Inspection Department at 748-1057.

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