A Building Permit is required if the pool, spa, or hot tub is designed to hold more than two feet of water. Zoning approval is required for all pools and spas. Read the Barrier Requirements for Residential Pools, Spas, or Hot Tubs. Steps 1-3 below may be completed at the Development Services Building at 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192. Step 4 may be completed by telephone or online. If the property has a private sewage disposal and water supply (septic and well), contact the Prince William Health District at 703-792-6310.
STEP ONE: Zoning Approval
The Zoning Division counter is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. No permits are issued after 4 p.m. See Zoning approval requirements for more information.
STEP TWO: Plan Approval
The Building Development Plan Intake counter is open for walk-through plan review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If the pool is above ground
OR if the pool will be in ground
STEP THREE: Permit Issuance
The Building Permitting Services counter is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
STEP FOUR: Construction Inspections
In order for staff to conduct an inspection of a project, the permit must be affixed to the front window of the residence and the approved plans must be available for the inspector to review at the time of inspection. See the Barrier Requirements for Residential Pools, Spas, or Hot Tubs.
Building inspections are conducted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit www.pwcgov.org/ePortal or call 1-866-457-5280 to schedule an inspection through the automated system. The system will prompt for the permit number or 6 Digit IVR Pin Number, and inspection type and code, which were provided at the time of permit issuance. The inspection process will vary depending on the extent of the work. For swimming pools the inspection process varies depending on the type of pool and whether or not the pool is heated.