Review of the Pool Enclosure By-law

The City of Ottawa is reviewing the Pool Enclosure By-law, 2001-259. 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 reduce 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.

For more information visit or contact JP Mitton, Building Code Services Branch, 613-580-2424 Ext. 21430.