Are you a Mesa, Arizona resident looking to build a swimming pool in your backyard? Or are you just curious about the rules we have to follow when designing a dream pool?

Here are requirements from the city of Mesa to consider before beginning a project to build a backyard pool.



The pool is not allowed to be closer than 4 feet from any property line. It also can’t be located in the required front yard, required landscape areas, or in any public utility easement. Any electrical outlets have to be at least 10 feet from the water. Windows within 5 feet of the pool must be safety glazed.


Every pool must be surrounded by a fence, the wall of your building, or a combination of both. The top of a barrier must be at least 5 feet above the ground. The maximum space allowed between the bottom of a barrier and the ground is 2 inches. The pool barrier may be mounted on the pool structure as long as the maximum distance between the pool structure top and pool barrier bottom is 4 inches. Any opening in a barrier cannot allow a sphere 4 inches in diameter to pass through. The gate opening must open away from the pool area, be self-closing, and have a self-latching device. Any permanent structure that could be used to climb a pool barrier has to a minimum of 4 feet from the non-poolside, side of the barrier.


You have to meet a few more city requirements if you choose to have your building as one of your barriers. Doors on the building with direct access to the pool have to have one of the following: a self-closing handle 54 inches above the ground, an alarm that produces a sound when the door is opened, a garage service door that leads to the pool area, or no pet doors that allow a 4 inch sphere to pass through. If you don’t have any one of those requirements, a motorized safety pool cover is needed.

If you are interested in beginning the process of owning a pool in Mesa or any city around Phoenix, fill out the get started form and a pool design consultant will reach out to you directly.


Check out the City of Mesa’s official document for the complete requirements to building a pool or spa within the city. You can also call the Mesa Development Services staff at (480) 644-4273. 


Start your new pool project with a Pool Park Tour & BBQ

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Start your new pool project with a Pool Park Tour & BBQ

This Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm

Ready to start your new pool? Stop by this Saturday for the ultimate inspiration and grab lunch with our partners at US Grass and Greens! ⁠

Our Pool Designers will be available all day to walk you through our 18,000 sq. ft. Pool Park and answer your questions. Whether you’ve already had a Presidential Pool installed or are thinking about starting a new pool design, stop by and meet others in the Presidential Pools family! ⁠