Installing A Pool Or Hot Tub This Season?

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CHARLOTTE – In Mecklenburg County, two permits will need to be pulled by the electrician. An electrical permit will allow the inspector to review the project to provide that the electrical wiring is up to code and is safe. A building permit will allow for the inspector to confirm that all required code is met for residential hot tub and swimming pool installations. Good communication between homeowners, the electrician and the inspector will ensure that all code requirements and safety is being adhered to.

An electrical technician will install a required weatherproof GFCI disconnect a few feet from the hot tub or pool to meet code. An outdoor convenience outlet is also required to be accessible at a range of 10-20 feet away. Specifically, for pools the technician will need to assess all areas that need grounding and bonding and attach to it. This is a safety feature in code requirements to minimize risk of electric shock.

Homeowners should be aware that a trench may need to be dug in the yard to run wiring. Dig Safe, 811 will be called to survey for underground wiring and utilities on the property.

Some non-electrical requirements will also be required by code enforcement. These could include a fence enclosure, special gates and even an alarm.

If you have any questions about installing a pool or hot tub or any electrical needs give us a call at GB Electrical Services, (980) 500-2378, or visit our website at

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