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Q: I wanted to find out how close to our property line we can place a pool or spa. We live in East Sacramento, Sacramento County. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you for your time, Noreen
A: There are a number of state laws, regulations, and local ordinances affecting pools, but the ones regulating distance from property lines appear to be set by the local city or county. Since you are in the city of Sacramento, the City Code applies.
This code provides that “no swimming pool or similar pool shall be located within a distance less than or equal to the depth of the deepest excavation for such pool from any property line, building or structure (one to one slope).” Sacramento City Code 15.64.030 (Limitation on location of pool). The pool may be located closer if the pool’s design is specifically calculated tailored to support the possible additional load (weight or pressure from the construction).
There are also general requirements for setbacks (space left between structures and the boundaries of your property), including specific requirements for pools set out in Sacramento City code 17.80.060 (Other accessory structures and uses). These requirements vary depending on the layout of the property and its neighbors, so it is not something that is easy to answer.
So unfortunately it sounds like there is no cut-and-dried answer to your question. You will probably need to consult your contractor or structural engineer to determine the minimum clearance.
For more information, visit the City of Sacramento Community Development Department’s website or give them a call at 916-264-5011. The Department has a handout on Requirements for Pool Construction that may also be helpful.
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