City of Andrews, TX

Swimming Pools

If any of the following questions merit a "YES" response, a PERMIT is REQUIRED.

  • Will the swimming pool hold 24 inches of water depth?
  • Will there be a circulating system used?
  • Is the pool being placed or constructed in the ground?
  • Is the pool larger than 10' x 10' or a 10' diameter.

A site plan is required showing pool location, including dimensions to property lines and other structures.

Along with the site plan, we need two copies of the pool plan showing size, depth, plumbing and electrical work to be completed.

Plumbing and Electrical permits will also be required in addition to the building permit.

A fence, structure, or gate is required to completely surround a swimming pool to prevent small children from inadvertently wandering into the pool.

The fence, structure or gate shall not be less than four feet (4') in height, and not have any openings that will allow a four-inch diameter sphere to pass through.

All gates should have a self-locking and self-latching device designed to keep gates closed and locked at all times. The latching device must be located within the top 1/3 of the gate.

Inspection Requirements
The following inspections are required for every pool constructed in the City of Andrews. At all times during the construction of the pool, a temporary fence that is at least thirty-six inches (36") in height must completely surround the pool. 

  1. Belly Steel and Pool Placement Inspection - This inspection is required prior to the placement of any Gunite within the pool. Rebar must be a minimum size of three-eighths inch (3/8") and located no more than twelve inches (12") on center each way. 
  2. Deck Steel, Electrical Bond, Electrical Underground and Plumbing - before any concrete is placed for the pool deck, the placement of steel and the electrical bond shall be inspected and approved. The concrete deck shall be a minimum thickness of three and one-half inches (3-1/2"). Rebar must be a minimum size of three-eighths inch (3/8") and located no more than eighteen inches (18") on center each way. The bond conductor shall be a minimum size of #8 AWG. A minimum of four (4) ground clamps that are evenly spaced around the pool shall be required to electrically bond the pool from stray ground current.  All electrical wiring and conduit buried in the ground must be inspected prior to covering with dirt. All pool plumbing shall be subjected to a minimum water test of twenty (20) psi. 
  3. P-Trap and Gas Line - All pools that have City sewer provided on the property must have a P-trap. A permanent drain line must be run from the pool pump to the P-trap to allow for the drainage of the pool (Sec. 26-136(j))  .No exceptions are given for special filters (such as cartridge filters). No portion of the P-trap or backwash line may be covered until the inspection has been approved. Where a gas piping system is utilized that contains a working pressure greater than 1/2 psi, an air test of at least ten pounds per square inch (10 psi) on a diaphragm gauge that has a set hand and has a maximum range of twenty (20) psi. For portions of gas piping that are regulated to a working pressure of less than 1/2 psi, a 3-psi test with a diaphragm gauge that has a set hand and has a maximum range of six (6) psi. is acceptable. Poly gas lines must be buried at least eighteen inches (18") below the ground with a copper tracer wire not less than 18 gauge. EXCEPTION: Above ground pools and spas that have a capacity of seven-hundred fifty gallons (750) or less are not required to install a P-trap or backwash line.
  4. Pool Final - All pool work must be completed. At least one (1) GFCI protected receptacle is required between ten feet (10') and twenty feet (20') from the edge of the pool. All pool lights (except fiber optic lights) must be GFCI protected. Curbs, City sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation systems located in the right-of-way will be inspected to verify that no damage was done during construction. All windows within five feet (5') of the edge of the water must be safety glass. All ground wires and flexible conduit must be strapped to sturdy risers. The pool final inspection must be approved no later than forty-five (45) days after approval of the pre-plaster inspection. 

Fence Requirements

  1. The top of the barrier must be at least forty-eight inches (48") above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between the grade and the bottom of the barrier must be two inches (2") measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance at the bottom of the barrier may be increased to four inches (4") when grade is a solid surface such as a concrete deck, or when the barrier is mounted on the top of the aboveground pool structure. When barriers have horizontal members spaced less than forty-five inches (45") apart, the horizontal members shall be placed on the pool side of the barrier. Any decorative design work on the side away from the swimming pool, such as protrusions, indentations or cutouts, which render the barrier easily climbable, is prohibited.
    1. When the top surface of any horizontally run member is at least 45 degrees, when measured from the horizontal, such members are not required to be at least 45 inches apart.
    2. When the barrier is an existing fence located adjacent to private property, horizontal members that are less than 45 inches apart are not required to be placed on the pool side of the barrier.
  2. Openings in the barrier must not allow the passage of a one and three-quarter inch (1 3/4") diameter sphere.
    1. When vertical spacing between such openings is forty-five inches (45") or more,the opening size may be increased such that the passage of a four inch (4") diameter sphere is not allowed.
    2. For fencing composed of vertical and horizontal members, the spacing between vertical members may be increased up to four inches (4") when the distance between the tops of horizontal members is forty-five inches (45") or more.
  3. Chain link fences used as the barrier must not be less than eleven (11) gauge and must not allow the passage of a 1 3/4 inch diameter sphere.
  4. Access gates must comply with the requirements of items one (1) through three (3) listed above.Pedestrian access gates shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than fifty-four inches (54") from the bottom of the gate
    1. The release mechanism must be located on the pool side of the barrier at least three inches (3")below the top of the gate, and
    2. The gate and barrier must have no opening greater than one-half inch (1/2") within eighteen inches(18") of the release mechanism.
      Pedestrian gates must swing away from the pool. Any gates other than pedestrian access gates must be equipped with lockable hardware or padlocks and must always remain locked when not in use.
  5. Where an aboveground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a ladder or steps, then:
    1. The ladder or steps must be capable of being secured, locked or removed to prevent access, or
    2. The ladder or steps must be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of items one (1) through four (4).
      When the ladder or steps are secured, locked or removed, any opening created must be protected by a barrier complying with items one (1) through four (4).