All in ground swimming pools in France require planning permission. Abris or pool houses also require planning permission. Above ground pools that are not built as a permanent structure do not require planning .

If the pool exceeds 10m², but under 100m², then a works declaration is required. If the pool is over 100m² or has a cover above ground that exceeds 1.80m in height, then a planning application is required.

Below 10m² surface and 1.80m height no consent at all is required.

Above ground pools do not need any consent, unless they are greater than 10m² or higher than 1.80m, and they are installed for a period in excess of three months.

Be aware of restrictions on constructing near the boundary of your property. All pool must be a minimum of 3 meters from neighbouring boundaries.

The best location for your pool is south facing to get the maximum benefit from the sun.

Avoid where possible locating your pool too close to trees to minimise the debris falling in to the pool and to avoid any potential problems with tree routes.

You should also take in to account the proximity of water and electricity supplies.

Pools and Tax

There are also tax implications when installing an underground pool.

You will be required to pay additional tax as you increase the value of your property.

The pool must be declared on your tax form, and is then included as part of your annual tax assessment.

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