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Swimming Pools

Q: Can I construct a swimming pool in my front yard?

A: No, swimming pools are not allowed to be constructed in any front yard setback.


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Q: Can I construct a swimming pool in my rear yard?

A: Yes, a swimming pool may be constructed in a side or rear yard so long as it is no closer than five feet (5’) from any adjacent property, measured from the edge of the water to the property line.


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Q: Do I need a fence around my swimming pool?

A: Yes, click here for details about the barriers protecting swimming pools.


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Q: Do I need a building permit to construct a swimming pool?

A: Yes, a separate building permit is required to construct a swimming pool.


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Q: What else should I know?

A: This information is summarized from Title 19 of the Mercer Island City Code, "Unified Land Development Code” and is provided for quick reference only. To determine exact requirements, and for other development regulations affecting a parcel or lot, Title 19 should be consulted.


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