In the Town of Saugeen Shores, owners of private swimming pools must apply for a pool enclosure permit to build and maintain fences and gates around their swimming pools. These enclosures are needed to prevent people or animals from entering without your permission.

Find more information on pool enclosure requirements, like heights, openings, materials and ground clearance in our Pool Enclosure By-law.

What is considered a 'swimming pool'?

You need a pool enclosure permit if your "swimming pool" or "pool" is an excavation, structure or product that is:

  1. Located outdoors on private property;
  2. Capable of being used for the purposes of swimming, wading, paddling or bathing;
  3. Capable of holding water in excess of 0.76 metres in depth at any point; and
  4. Includes a landscape pond meeting the above criteria.

Pools and bodies of water not included in the Pool Enclosure By-law

Pools not included in the Pool Enclosure By-law include:

  1. A pond or reservoir to be utilized for farming purposes or as part of a golf course;
  2. A hydro massage pool with locking cover;
  3. A pool owned by any public or governmental body, agency or authority, or is under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Building Code;
  4. An existing natural body of water or stream; or
  5. A privately owned stormwater management facility.

Location of your pool and equipment

  • Your pool can be located in the interior side yard or rear yard.
  • It cannot be closer than 1.5 metres to any lot line and no closer to any street than the setback required accordingly.
  • Equipment with circulating water or treating equipment, such as pumps or filters or any accessory building or structure that contains this equipment (like a pump house) cannot be closer than 1 metre to any lot line

How to apply for a pool enclosure permit

Follow these steps to complete your pool enclosure permit application:

  • Complete an Application for a Pool Enclosure Permit or pick up a paper copy at our municipal office
  • Include:
    • Two sets of plans showing the location of the pool, all proposed pool equipment (such as filters, slides and heaters) and proposed landscape features in relation to property lines, buildings, structures and easements;
    • Complete details of the proposed pool enclosure, including the location and type of fence and gate
    • The proposed access route for construction of the pool from any public right of way to the proposed pool location; and
    • The written approval of the developer or owner of the subdivision, if the proposed pool is within an unassumed plan of subdivision.
  • Submit your completed application and required documents one of the following ways:

    • In person or by mail to the Municipal Office at 600 Tomlinson Drive PO Box 820 Port Elgin ON N0H2C4

    • By email to Building Services. Please note, you will be charged a printing fee ($.36 per page smaller than 11x17”) when submitting by email as we require physical copies of required documents.

Pool enclosure permit fee

A pool enclosure permit fee of $143.97 is required upon pickup of the approved permit. See our methods of payment accepted.