Swimming pools in France
In this post, we explore the generalities about owning swimming pools in France, including costs, rules for permits and safety. Swimming pools come in all sizes and shapes with many options in style and materials. This article is intended as an introduction to swimming pools; it’s a vast topic, ranging from pH testing to pool houses.
Rules about installing pools in France
You can install or build a swimming pool in your garden, providing that you follow specific rules. Beyond a certain surface area and depending on the pool’s characteristics (above ground, with cover, a shelter), an authorisation will probably be needed.
The online service from Service Public aims to answer most questions based on the type of pool (in-ground, out-of-ground), the size of the pool, and the pool house… The website and the information are in French, however the questions are straightforward. Note, if the surface area of the pool exceeds 10 sq.m, you will require a permit from the authorities. There are useful links to related topics, for example, can you install a jacuzzi in the garden? It’s important to remember to consult the local town planning rules of your commune.
Can a pool increase the value of my house?
Permanent swimming pools in France affect property taxes because they increase a property’s value by 5 to 20%. For example on the Côte d’Azur and Provence, pools are considered to be an essential asset. Swimming pools in France are taxed by size and according to local tax rates. The average 30-square-meter pool costs approx. another 200 euros in taxes yearly.
What is the cost to build a swimming pool?
The cost to build a swimming pool in France varies widely depending on size, design or shape, technology if it’s heated and the quality of the materials. As a rough guide, expect to pay between €15,000 and €50,000. This is for the pool only, the owner also needs to consider the costs of the surrounding areas, cover, pool house and maintenance equipment. In comparison, a wooden semi-in-ground swimming pool can be found between €3,000 and €15,000.
Safety rules for swimming pools in France
Finally it’s important to learn about the security safeguards for all owners of permanent swimming pools in France. The ‘Code de la construction et de l’habitation‘ states that in-ground pools must be fitted with at least one safety device to prevent the risk of drowning. These security measures include a shelter, an alarm system, a barrier or a cover. Owners who fail to comply with this obligation incur criminal penalties, including a fine of €45,000.
How to find swimming pool specialists?
When it comes to installing a pool that conforms to the rules and regulations, we recommend obtaining advice from an expert. Look out for reviews and their SIRET, and you should seek 3 quotes so you can compare prices and services. For more information about swimming pools in France, visit Fédération des Professionnels de la Piscine.