Swimming Pool

Speaking of digging, some homeowners may like to build a swimming pool after purchasing their home.

License requirement by CA law:  Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs can be built by contractors with a C-53 Swimming Pool contractor license.

A “B” General Building contractor and a C-27 Landscape contractor may also contract for swimming pool work, provided they hold the swimming pool specialty classification or they enter into a subcontract with a licensed C-53 to perform the actual work.


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When a permit is issued for a new or remodeled pool/spa at private, single family home: Pool or spa is required to have at least 2 of 7 specified drowning prevention safety features.

  1. An enclosure isolating the pool or spa from a single-family home.
  2. A qualified, removable mesh fencing with a self-closing, self-latching gate with a lock.
  3. An approved safety pool cover.
  4. Exit alarms on the home’s doors that provide direct access to the swimming pool or spa.
  5. On home doors leading to a pool/spa, a self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism that is at least 54 inches above the ground.
  6. An alarm that, when placed in the swimming pool or the spa, sounds when an unauthorized person enters the water.
  7. Another means of protection accepted under the law.

A detail of new law could be found from CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection of Association)