Guideline No. 36 – Pools

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all pools except portable children’s wading pools that can be emptied at night and do not exceed 36 square feet.  A two-step approval process outlined below is recommended for all in ground pools.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

Pool Part 1:

  • A site (plot) plan showing the location of the pool and its associated equipment.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • Map showing location of all neighboring dwellings which will have Visual and Acoustic access to the pool.
  • Signatures of all neighboring dwellings which will have visual and acoustic access to the pool.
  • Schematic or sketch, with dimensions, showing:
  1. Deck Areas
  2. Patio
  3. Lighting
  4. Walkways
  5. Fence
  6. Additions as result of pool
  7. Other structural change e.g. fire pits grills kitchens, etc.

Pool Part 2:

Application must include:

  • A site (plot) plan showing the location of the pool and its associated equipment.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • All information from Part 1.
  • Signatures of all neighboring dwellings which will have Visual and Acoustic access to the pool.
  • Copy of the approval of the Howard County application.
  • Grading plan.
  • Landscape plan.
  • Screening plan.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Size of the pool is of reasonable proportion to the house, lot, and other structures on the lot.
  2. Fencing surrounding the pool must meets the requirements of the River Hill Architectural Guidelines and Covenants. Howard County has specific requirements pertaining to fencing surrounding the pool area. Contact the County for specific fencing requirements.
  3. Approval of the fence is contingent upon completion of the pool.

NOTE: Above ground pools will not be approved.  The applicant must demonstrate that the lot’s size, shape and topography are suitable for a pool. The RHAC may deem some lots unsuitable for a pool.  An approved Howard County Building permit does not constitute authorization for the construction of the pool nor does the approval of the preliminary application constitute authorization for the construction of the pool.