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Are you compliant?

New provincial regulation in effect

In July 2021, an amendment to the Regulation respecting the safety of residential swimming pools was adopted by the Government of Quebec to strengthen the safety measures already in place and to make it applicable to all installations, even those made before 2010. Since 2010, the Government of Québec has implemented this regulation which, in addition to determining certain safety measures, requires a municipal permit for work related to the construction of a pool and its installations, such as a deck, platform or enclosure.

Leaflet on the standards for swimming pools

How do you know if your pool is compliant?

Step 1

Familiarize yourself with the rules in force

Self-assessment forms

Self-assessment sheets for all types of swimming pool installations have been produced by the Quebec government. If one of the answers to these questions is NO, you must apply for a permit to make your installation compliant and safe.

Inground pool

Portable pool with a wall height of less than 1.4 m

Above ground pool with a wall height of less than 1.2 m

Semi-inground pool

Portable pool with a wall height of at least 1.4 m

Above ground pool with a wall height of at least 1.2 m

Step 2

Conduct a self-assessment of your installation

Self-assessment sheets for all types of swimming pool facilities (in-ground, above-ground, etc.) have been produced by the Government of Quebec.

If the answer to any of these questions is NO, you must apply for a permit with Urban Planning Department to make your installation compliant and safe.

If the answer to all questions is YES, you must contact the Urban Planning Department to schedule an inspection to confirm compliance.

Step 3

Apply for a permit to upgrade an existing pool

Apply for your permit online, and it's FREE!

The required documents are:

  • Certificate of location: it must show the current location of the buildings and equipment on your property.
  • Layout plan: Any new construction or equipment to bring your facility into compliance must be demonstrated on a plan. This plan does not have to be produced by a professional*, a copy of the certificate of location can be used.
  • Manufacturer's brochure : any document produced by a manufacturer showing the technical details of the equipment to be installed.
  • Proxy: if the application is filed by someone other than the homeowner, proof of authorization from the homeowner must be provided.
* With all reservations – Some situations may require a professional plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions

My pool was built before November 1, 2010, is it still compliant? 

Owners of pools built prior to November 1, 2010 were grandfathered in. They must now comply with the protective measures of the Provincial Regulation. To find out if your pool is still in compliance, we recommend that you conduct a self-assessment of your facility. 

When does the upgrade need to be completed? 

The upgrade must be completed by September 30, 2025 at the latest

Does my pool need to be fenced in? 

Yes, all pools must be protected by an enclosure of at least 1.21 m and prevent the passage of a ball with a diameter of 10 cm. This also applies to pools built before November 1, 2010.

 Do the new provincial regulations apply if my pool was installed before 2010? 

All the standards in the Provincial Regulation apply to all installations, except for those built on or after July 1, 2021. Thus, a facility built before 2021 does not have to comply with the following:

  • BNQ 9461-100 for diving boards
  • The addition of privacy slats in chain link fences over 30 mm wide
  • The installation of fixed equipment less than one (1) metre from the wall or enclosure
  • Respecting the 1m distance between abuilding’s opening and a pool

I think my installation is in compliance with the new regulation. Should I notify the City? 

Yes, contact us by e-mail and a City employee will schedule an inspection of your installation and its amenities.

Residential swimming pool safety regulation

To apply for your permit

In the online permit website, select the permit upgrade and existing pool.

Click here to access the online permit website

You can also submit your application in person at the permit counter at City Hall.

Contact us

If you have any questions about upgrading your existing installation, contact us at

To consult the By-Law

The City of Beaconsfield has amended its by-law to comply with the Provincial Regulation.

Source: ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation