Putting a pool in your backyard this summer?

Putting a pool in your backyard this summer? City permits are required
Posted on 06/15/2020

Backyard pool sales have made a big splash this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, while many can’t wait to jump in, Lenexa wants to make sure residents are safe.


The City of Lenexa requires permits for all above ground and in-ground pools, except for prefabricated pools less than 30 inches deep. Specific code requirements can be found in the Lenexa pool requirements guide, based on the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code


Here are a few important code requirements you should keep in mind before planning your pool:

  • A permit is also required for any electrical lighting or circulation system associated with your pool, hot tub or spa.
  • Everything electrical near the pool needs to be GFCI protected. 
  • There needs to be at least a 10-foot horizontal clearance from the edge of the pool to any overhead power line and 5-foot horizontal clearance from any underground electrical wiring. 
  • If your pool can hold up to two feet of water, it needs a fence that is at least 48-inches tall and a gate that is self-closing and self-latching. 
  • Alarms are required on doors leading from the house to the pool area.


Keeping your pool in compliance with City codes helps ensure safety and prevent accidents. According to the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, 69 percent of the time when a child under 5 drowns, they weren't expected to be there. 


Applying for a permit is easy at Lenexa.com/Permits. Call 913-477-7725 to schedule an inspection.

Published June 15, 2020