TOP TIPS FOR INSTALLING A POOL
• If your pool is a permanent structure, you will need to acquire planning permission. For pools under 100m2, this is simply a ‘works declaration’. Over 100m2, you will need to submit a full planning application. Forms can be obtained from your local mairie.
• Carefully consider where to place your pool. All pools must be 3m from neighbouring boundaries and it is prudent to consider distance from electricity and water supply.
• You will need to declare your pool on your yearly tax declaration and may need to pay additional tax on your property as a result.
• Consult a local pool supplier who will be able to advise you on everything from the materials to whom to employ for the labour, if required.
• Make sure you factor in the cost of cleaning and maintenance of your pool.
• From 1 January 2006, ground pools in France must have one of four approved security methods in place. These range from covers, to fencing, movement sensors or abris (covers). Those failing to comply are subject to a hefty fine.