Section 6 Building Development
Policy 6-5 SURVEY REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIMMING POOL BUILDING PERMITS
DISTRIBUTION: All Departments
SUBJECT: Survey Requirements for Swimming Pool Building Permit.
PURPOSE: To establish the requirement of a survey performed by a
licensed surveyor as part
of the required plans and specifications to obtain a building permit to construct a swimming pool.
BACKGROUND: Encroachments of swimming pools and accompanying walkways, decks or
cabanas into platted utility easements are occurring more frequently. Such encroachments
normally caused by the pool contractor not knowing the exact location of lot lines and utility easements.
Without a survey of each lot with stakes on lot and utility easement lines, it is virtually impossible
building inspector to prevent the encroachment. Such encroachments are particularly likely to
happen in new subdivisions that require the owner to fence and maintain the platted utility easements.
This situation gives the owner the false impression that the utility easement may be used for
The net result of the encroachment is a title problem which appears when the owner desires to
sell or refinance the property. Often the City is asked to close and vacate the portion of the
utlity easement encumbered by the encroachment. The City then faces maintenance
its public utilities in the reduced easement. Additionally, there have been occasions when the
closure/ vacation of an utility easement was infeasible and the owner simply had to live with the title
Obviously, the resolution of such title problems is between the owner and the pool contractor.
The City has no legal obligation to reduce the utility easement size as the means to solve
encroachments. However, it would be far better to prevent future encroachments than to
continue our policy of requiring a plot plan to obtain a building permit to construct a swimming
pool. The plot plan is not being drawn to scale and is giving insufficient information to prevent
The adopted international building codes grant the building official the authority to require
additional details as appropriate to obtain a building permit. With regard to obtaining a building
permit for swimming pool construction, it is in the best interests of all parties to require a scaled survey
of the lot performed by a licensed surveyor in place of the normal plot plan.
PROCEDURE: Plans and specifications described and itemized in the adopted international building codes shall be submitted for review to obtain a building
permit to construct a swimming pool. Additionally, a survey performed by a licensed surveyor
shall be submitted indicating the locations of all existing structures, lot and utility easement boundary lines, proposed swimming pool location and all proposed accompanying improvements such as walkways, decks and cabanas. The lot
which the pool is to be constructed shall be staked by the licensed surveyor on all lot and
utility easement boundary lines. These surveyor's stakes shall remain in place throughout the construciton period
until the final inspection has been performed and approved by the Inspection Services Division.
REFERENCES: Chapter 6, Lawton City code eCode
RESCISSION: This policy will remain in effect until rescinded.
BRYAN P. LONG
REVISED JULY 24, 2013