Installation Requirements

Above ground pool installations in the City of Edgerton require the issuance of a residential building permit prior to work being performed.

Please note the following when submitting for building permit approval:

  • Application must be fully completed and fees submitted prior to permit review. This includes submittal of a rendering of the install area which includes all structures and fencing with measurements.
  • On parcels zoned R-1 (single family residential), pools must be located a minimum of 9’ from the side property line and 6’ from the rear property line. Additionally, the pool may not be placed closer than 2’ to a dedicated easement.
  • The City of Edgerton does not verify property lines or lot dimensions.  It shall be the responsibility of the permit applicant to verify property lines and lot demotions before installing the pool. If the pool is required to be moved when placed in an easement or outside the property lines, it will be at the expense of the property owners.
  • Lot coverage from all structures (house, pool, deck, storage sheds, etc.) cannot exceed 10% of the total lot size or 1500 SF.
  • Installers should take care not to alter the drainage of the lot from any surplus of dirt moved during the pool installation. If the lot drainage changes due to site grading changes and there is an issue with run off, additional requirements must be met.
  • There are barrier/fencing requirements related to a pool install. Fences shall be provided as per Municipal Code Chapter VIII Article 6-602 and the 2006 International Residential Code Section AG105.
  • Installation of the pool and the accompanying required electrical component must meet the 2005 NEC Article 680; any gas piping installation must meet the 2006 IFGC, and any mechanical work must meet the 2006 IMC.
  • Once the permit is issued and the work is performed (including fence install), it must be inspected by the building inspector before the permit is considered approved. It is the responsibility of the homeowner or contractor to schedule the inspection.
    • If any of the work being performed is being installed underground, call for inspection before covering new work.
    • The manufacturers installation guide shall be on site for inspection of the pool structure.
  • Contact Kansas One Call at 811 before starting any work so that they may mark underground utilities.

Draining Your Pool

If you plan to drain your pool for the winter, you must follow the rules for discharging pool water safely. Chemically treated pool water can be dangerous for our streams and lakes.

Pool Water Disposal Guidelines


Swimming pool and hot tub water contains many chemicals, including large amounts of chlorine, which harm streams and lakes. Treated pool water is especially harmful to aquatic life.

Releasing chlorinated pool water or backwash filter waste into a stream or storm drainage system is prohibited by County and State regulations. Storm sewers channel water directly into natural streams and other bodies of water with no treatment.

When disposing of pool water on your property, do so in a manner that will not cause the water to pond for a prolonged period. Standing water can be a breeding ground for insects or other nuisances like odors.

Flat, level ground is particularly prone to flooding, so you may need to move the drainage hose to different parts of the yard.

To drain chlorine pools, follow the steps below:

Discontinue the addition of chlorine for at least 7 days before you plan to drain the water. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate naturally. If discharging to the ground will result in the water flowing to a stream, ditch or storm sewer, wait two weeks to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

After a week, test the chlorine and pH of the water. If the residual chlorine is less than 0.1 ppm (mg/L) and the pH is between 7 and 8, the water is safe to drain.

Drain the water onto your own property. The water should not flow onto a neighbor’s property, cause any nuisance conditions or erosion problems. Try to drain the water into a grassy area where it can soak into the ground.

To drain salt water pools, follow the steps below:

Discontinue the addition of salt.

Test the water for chlorine and pH. If the residual chlorine is less than 0.1 ppm (mg/L) and the pH is between 7 and 8, the water is safe to drain.

The water must be drained into a grassy area that can absorb all of the water. Do not allow the water to flow to trees or landscape beds. The water must stay on the property where the pool is located. All pool discharge and rinse water must soak into the ground.

Typical lawns can tolerate the residual salt content in the water if the flow is spread out and you thoroughly rinse the affected area to flush the salt through the soil.

The State of Kansas acute aquatic life water quality standard for chloride is 860 ppm (mg/L). Residual salt concentrations from pool water are usually closer to 3,000 ppm (mg/L).

Additional Information

Water from backwash filter systems are not allowed in the storm sewer system. If possible, this water should be directed to the sanitary sewer system, but is allowed to be drained into your yard if the water soaks into the ground and does not leave your property. Used pool filters should be placed in the trash.

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