Project Requirements:
Outdoor Swimming Pool: Allowable Work Without A Registered Design Professional Submitting Construction Documents For Department Approval


Permits are tied to the project’s scope of work and work type, and the permits are regulated according to the nature of the work, licensing, and registration requirements for the work being performed. There are several aspects of outdoor swimming pool work, including but not limited to piping, associated plumbing fixtures, and electric wiring, which can only be performed by contractors with specialized licenses to perform such required work, and permits are issued to these registered trade license holders.


Master Plumber

The work outlined below can only be performed by a Licensed Master Plumber. However, if the plumbing project exceeds the work allowed under the categories of limited plumbing alteration work listed below, a Registered Design Professional must submit construction plans for approval by DOB in order to obtain a work permit; see below.

Limited Plumbing Alterations

AC 28-101.5 defines Limited Plumbing Alteration, as an alteration to a plumbing or fuel gas piping system that is limited in scope under two categories:

Category 1: With Cost and time period limitation. $35,000 cost limitation per building including appliance and labor in any 12 month period – only the following can be done:

  1. Addition of Plumbing Fixtures or Connections.  Add five or less fixtures within any 12-month period

  2. New Piping.  Installation of new plumbing or fuel gas piping – Not including Category 2 work

Category 2: Without cost and time period limitation. Only the following can be done:

  1. Piping. Reroute existing plumbing or fuel gas branch piping to serve the same number of existing fixtures and appliances

  2. Replace Fixtures. In-kind replacement of plumbing fixtures or gas appliances, which exceeds a minor alteration/repair or ordinary plumbing work

  3. Relocate Existing Fixtures. Relocation and mounting of new fixtures on existing roughing, which exceeds a minor alteration/repair or ordinary plumbing work


Licensed Electrician

A new installation, alteration, or repair of electric wires, wiring apparatuses and appliances or equipment shall be performed by a New York City licensed electrical contractor. All electrical work such as, but not limited to, installing conduits, wires, lighting fixtures and switches, panelboards, fire alarm devices, boiler line voltage work and controls, etc., require an electrical permit before commencing such electrical work.

The Electrical Contractor should coordinate with the Registered Design Professional (RDP), other members of the design team, and all other construction trade contractors where projects have other aspects to the work in addition to electrical. For such projects, the Department only requires the submission of a separate electrical permit application. When an electrical permit application by the Licensed Electrical Contractor includes a large electrical installation (see classifications of large installations under electrical advisory board plan examination listed below) or requires New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) compliance, such an electrical permit application must reference the general project application number for permit issuance.

Electrical construction documents are not required to be submitted by a Registered Design Professional to the Department as part of the electrical or general permit application, except electrical construction documents must be submitted to the Department to obtain an electrical permit as follows:

  • Electrical Advisory Board plan examination.  Submitted by either a Registered Design Professional or a Licensed Electrician
    • Electrical Equipment with a capacity of 1000 KVA or larger.
    • Electrical installation that utilizes 1000 Volt or higher.
    • Any addition to an existing installation which would bring the total to 1000 KVA or higher.

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