Guideline No. 26 – Hot Tubs and Whirlpools

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all hot tubs and whirlpools.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the location of the hot tub in relation to the applicant’s house, property lines, and adjacent dwellings. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Dimensions, type, and color of proposed materials.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing and/or photograph, if available.
  • Include details of proposed screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.


Hot tubs and whirlpools will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. The tub does not create a substantial acoustical or visual impact on adjacent property owners.
  2. The hot tub will be located in the rear yard within the side sight lines of the residence, and not more than 20 feet from the back of the house.
  3. The hot tub does not protrude more than 3 feet above the adjacent ground or deck level and is made of material that will blend with surrounding structures.
  4. Additional screening with fences and landscape buffers such as shrubs are proposed to reduce the impact on adjacent property owners if necessary. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  5. The hot tub or whirlpool is proportional to the Lot and other exterior structures.

NOTE: Hot tub, whirlpool and fencing requested for townhouse or condominium property will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.