How Do You Install a Swim? Is a Permit Required?

Swim spas are an increasingly popular option for homeowners who want to enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool and a hot tub in one convenient package. However, installing a swim spa can be a complex process that requires careful planning and preparation. In this post, we will discuss the steps involved in installing a swim spa and whether or not you need a permit.

Step 1: Choose the Right Location

The first step in installing a swim spa is to choose the right location. The location should be level and stable, and it should be able to support the weight of the swim spa, as well as any additional weight that will be added when the swim spa is filled with water. Swim spas are around 2000 pounds dry and about 16,000 pounds wet. This comes out to roughly 140 pounds per square foot. You will also need to consider other factors, such as access to electricity (proximity to home’s electrical panel) and water (hose bib), as well as the view from the swim spa.

Step 2: Prepare the Site

Once you have chosen the location for your swim spa, you will need to prepare the site. This may involve removing any trees, shrubs, or grass that are in the way, as well as leveling the ground and making any necessary changes to the landscaping. Pouring a concrete foundation is also recommended, however, there are other suitable options for a base. You will also need to ensure that the site is accessible for the delivery of the swim spa. In most cases swim spas have to be delivered with a crane as they are simply too heavy to move and can’t fit through side-yards. If you are homeowner with a large lot and vehicle access into the backyard (to the location), then it’s possible that you won’t need a crane.

Step 3: Install the Swim Spa

Once the site is prepared, it is time to install the swim spa. Installation has mostly to do with running the 220v/50amp electrical service from the home’s main panel to the swim spa (hard wiring). This is typically done by a licensed electrician, who will ensure that the swim spa is hooked up properly and functioning.

Step 4: Fill the Swim Spa

Once the swim spa is installed, it is time to fill it with water. This can take several hours or even days, depending on the size of the swim spa and the water pressure at your home. With good water pressure your average swim spa takes about 8 hours to fill. You will also need to add any necessary chemicals to the water, such as chlorine or bromine, to ensure that it is clean and safe for swimming.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Swim Spa

Once the swim spa is filled and the chemicals have been added, it is time to enjoy your new swim spa. You can use it for swimming, relaxation, and even exercise, depending on your needs and preferences.

Do You Need a Permit to Install a Swim Spa?

In general, if the swim spa is above ground you won’t need a permit as it is considered a portable structure similar to a hot tub. However, if the swim spa is installed in-ground you may need a permit from your local building department as it becomes a more permanent structure. Although you may not need a permit for the swim spa you will need a permit for your 220v/50amp electrical installation and would recommend having a licensed electrician complete the work and pull the permit.

If you are unsure or live in a community with an HOA or CCRs then it is important to check with your local building department before installing a swim spa to determine if you need a permit or other special permission. Failure to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines and other penalties, so it is important to ensure that you are in compliance with all local regulations.

In conclusion, installing a swim spa can be a great way to enjoy the benefits of swimming and relaxation in the comfort of your own home. However, it is important to carefully plan and prepare for the installation process. By following these steps, you can enjoy your new swim spa for years to come.

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