Amendments to the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulations

The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation is a provincial regulation adopted in July 2010, with which all municipalities must comply. It essentially aims to control the access of young children to residential swimming pools by simple measures such as the installation of an enclosure equipped with a safety door.Following investigations into drownings that have occurred in recent years, several coroners have recommended that the Regulation be amended to regulate all residential swimming pools.

Thus, since July 1, 2021, the Regulation has been improved to increase the safety of facilities around residential swimming pools and reduce the risk of diving accidents.


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Fields of application of the Regulation

The Regulation applies to any outdoor artificial pool, permanent or temporary, intended for swimming, whose water depth is 0.6 m or more, such as: ground swimming pool, semi-inground, removable swimming pool (inflatable or other) and hot tub or hot tub (spa) whose water capacity exceeds 2,000 liters. The regulatory provisions also apply to any construction giving or preventing access to a swimming pool, appliances or equipment related to its operation as well as the diving boards.

To whom does this Regulation apply?

The Regulation applies to all swimming pools, regardless of their installation date as well as swimming pools installed after November 1, 2010

The Regulation respecting the safety of residential swimming pools has been applied since July 1, 2010. Swimming pools installed between November 1, 2010 and June 30, 2021 were already subject to the regulation. The owner must ensure that the installation of the swimming pool complies with the permit issued. Any new swimming pool must comply with the new applicable regulations.

Swimming pools installed before November 1, 2010

Swimming pools existing before November 1, 2010 benefited until now from an acquired right. The owners of these pools therefore had no obligation to ensure compliance with the Regulation. However, the Regulation now requires all pool owners to take the necessary steps to comply with the Regulation by July 1, 2023.

What must owners of existing pools do?

Owners must ensure that their facilities comply with applicable standards. A self-assessment form and information on the standards in force are available at A permit, at a cost of $100, is required to carry out construction, installation, expansion, replacement or modification work on a swimming pool or spa that is subject to the provisions of the By-law, any construction giving or preventing access and the installation or replacement of a diving board.

A permit, at a cost of $50, is required for the performance of work aimed solely at the construction, installation, expansion, modification or replacement of construction giving or preventing access to a swimming pool as well as for the installation or replacement of a diving board.

Pools installed before November 1, 2010 must be brought up to standard no later than July 1, 2023.