Ville de Laval

    Swimming pools and spas

    Securing a pool according to applicable regulations is the responsibility of each owner. It affects the safety of your family, your loved ones and the guests you welcome into your home.

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    Access control

    Access to any pool or hot tub larger than 2,000 litres must be controlled. The following pools require an enclosure to control access:
    • In-ground and semi in-ground pools
    • Above-ground pools with a wall height of less than 1.2 m
    • Temporary pools with a wall height of less than 1.4 m
    • Hot tubs larger than 2,000 litres
    For security purposes, above-ground or temporary pools that are not surrounded by an enclosure must be accessed in one of the following ways:

    By means of a removable ladder equipped with a gate that closes and locks automatically.
    From a platform secured by an enclosure.
    From a terrace attached to a home, provided that the part of the terrace opening onto the pool is secured by an enclosure.


    Mandatory automatic closing and locking device  

    Every door in an enclosure must be fitted with a passive safety device enabling it to close and lock automatically.

    Applicable standards for springs and latches

    The enclosure door must open and close automatically by means of a spring.
    The latch must engage automatically when the door is closed.
    When installed on the outside of the enclosure, the latch must be fixed at a height of 1.5 m or more.

    Minimum enclosure height

    Where a new pool is adjacent to an existing balcony or deck, the existing guardrail must be replaced or modified to meet the 1.2-meter minimum height required by residential pool safety regulations. 

    Applicable standards for residential swimming pools

    The Government of Quebec has announced changes to residential swimming pool safety regulations.

    The municipal bylaw on the construction of fences around swimming pools (L-280, PDF, 93,8 ko) and the bylaw on swimming pool safety (L-11807, PDF, 182 ko)  were repealed and consolidated. They were replaced by the transitional bylaw L-12907 (PDF, 156 KB) allowing existing facilities to be maintained or rebuilt according to provincial regulationsby no later than September 30, 2025.


    Applicable standards by year of installation

    Pools installed before 2010 Pools installed between November 1, 2010 and July 1, 2021 Pools installed after July 1, 2021*
    Installations must be compliant by September 30, 2025.
    No modifications required. Installations made under bylaw L-11807 comply with the standards prescribed by the provincial regulation. Applicable provincial regulation on residential swimming pools
    To assess the compliance of your existing facilities, please view the  Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation self-assessment that corresponds to your situation.
    For standards applicable to hot tubs (spas) or swimming pools, please view this  document (PDF, 1.22 MB) from the Government of Quebec. 

    *New requirements do not apply to facilities acquired before July 1, 2021 and installed between July 1 and September 30, 2021.

    Did you know? Any modification or installation of a swimming pool, hot tub or enclosure requires a permit from the Service de l’urbanisme prior to the start of construction.


    Additional information


    Apply for a permit

    Before beginning, please read entire procedure
    1. Right click on the following application form (In french) (PDF, 467 kb), then select Save Link as... or Save Target as... 
    2. Complete the form and save again.
    3. Save all other required documents separately (listed on the form).
    4. Submit your application using the electronic permit application form.
    5. Pay the fee

      Cost of permit: $79

    Please note that your application will be refused if it is incomplete.

    If you do not have a computer, you can submit your application in person or by mail.

    Archaeological discoveries

    During construction, you may discover archaeological remains (structures or objects). In this event, it is important to report any chance discovery of archaeological property to a competent authority. A form is available for this purpose on the Ministère website or you can contact the Laval, Lanaudière and Laurentides regional branch of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications at 450-430-3737 or by email at

    Note that the Quebec Cultural Heritage Act requires anyone who discovers archaeological property or remains to declare it without delay to the Ministre de la Culture et des Communications (section 74 of the Cultural Heritage Act). 


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    From outside Laval
    450 978-8000

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