What is required to install a swimming pool, spa or hot tub in West Richland?

All swimming pools and swim spas require a City permit. New regulations address alarms on the back door and other doors leading to a pool. Information is available on the City website and in the Planning Department. Small, portable hot tubs and spas do not require a City permit but must have approved safety covers. All pools, spas, and hot tubs require electrical permits from the State Labor and Industries office. Their phone number is 509-735-0100. In addition, if you are locating a pool on a property with an on-site sewerage system (septic) then you will need prior approval from the health department for the location. 

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