TOP TIPS FOR IN­STALLING A POOL

Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

• 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.

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