In July 2010, the government of Quebec adopted the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation. As of July 22, 2010, all owners who install or replace a pool are required to respect this regulation.
The regulation sets out standards for installations, including pools, enclosures controlling access to the pool and equipment related to the latter. The regulation addresses:
- In-ground pools
- Semi in-ground pools
- Above-ground pools
- Removable pools (soft walls, inflatable or not)
- Hot tubs with a capacity greater than 2,000 litres
- Any other artificial exterior residential pool, permanent or temporary, used for swimming or wading, with a water depth of 60 centimetres or more
Municipalities are responsible for enforcing the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation. They have the power to ensure compliance to a regulation whose standards exceed those set out at the provincial level, so long as they are compatible. Residential pool owners must contact the relevant authorities in their municipality to find out the regulation in effect.
The owner must request a permit from their local municipality to construct, install or replace a pool, or to erect a structure allowing or blocking access to a pool. The person who obtains a permit to install a removable pool will not be required to reapply to reinstall their pool if the location and conditions remain the same.