Proposed Changes to the Pool Enclosure Bylaw

February 26, 2012

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The City of Ottawa is reviewing Pool Enclosure By-law 2001-259 and is looking for feedback from the public on the proposed changes.
The By-law has not been subject of an in-depth review and update since 2001. This review addresses a number of issues intended to strengthen safety regulations aimed at preventing drowning incidents involving young children.  This includes a proposal to require four-sided pool enclosures around all new private pools, which includes a fence between the dwelling and the pool. 
At the same time, the City will be proposing special provisions for above ground pools, which reduces the size of the required pool enclosure, and exempting hot tubs, if they have a  substantial cover that is lockable and kept locked when the hot tub is not in use
The City invites the general public, community and business groups to review the more detailed information on the City’s web site and provide your comments on the proposals by March 9, 2012 to
JP Mitton, Program and Project Management Officer
Building Code Services Branch, City of Ottawa 3rd floor
101 Centrepoint Drive, Ottawa ON K2G 5K7
Phone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 21430  |  Email:


2013 UPDATE: The updated Pool Enclosure Bylaw (Bylaw 2013-39) has now been passed.



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