This year the City has received many inquiries about outdoor pools. The City’s Pool By-Law has been in place since 1977 and its purpose continues to be relevant today – keeping people and children in our community safe around water. The City would like to take the opportunity to clarify the rules and permit process for outdoor pools for residents: 

All pools capable of holding 24 inches of water require a city permit and must be enclosed by a fence.

Pool Depth:

*Although pool advertising and packaging may indicate that a pool is less than 24” deep, many still have the capacity to hold 24” of water and children are at risk to drown.

**Many pools have features, such as inflatable ring edges, that allow the depth of the pool to increase beyond 24” and should be included in any pool’s depth measurement.

Pool Enclosure:

Fences must have a minimum vertical height of five feet and a maximum vertical height of six feet, six inches; must have no openings larger than 4” through which a child could crawl; and must be maintained in good repair.

Any gates must be self-closing and self-latching, meaning the gate closes automatically without the aid of a push or pull from a person; must be at least five feet in height; and must be equipped with a lockable latch to prevent unauthorized entry.

View full construction requirements for outdoor swimming pools, including in-ground and above-ground pools.

Permit Process:

If your outdoor pool is capable of holding 24” of water, you require a permit. To obtain a permit you need to:

  1. Fill out a permit application and as part of the application, submit a site plan indicating placement of the pool and enclosure on your property. Permit applications are available at City Hall, 225 Reimer Avenue.

  2. Provide permit payment. Permits start at $50 and are based on overall cost of the project (cost to construct the pool and fence). Payment can be made at City Hall by debit, cash or cheque or by mail to City of Steinbach, 225 Reimer Avenue, Steinbach, MB, R5G 2J1.

  3. A City Building Inspector will review your permit application and contact you with any questions or concerns and/or give approval to build your enclosure, conditional on a post construction inspection.

  4. Once the enclosure is built, contact the City at 204.346.6515 to have it inspected by a City Building Inspector.

  5. Upon final approval of enclosure, your pool can be filled with water.


The safety of residents is a prime concern for all city by-laws, which are in place to minimize risk. The city appreciates the cooperation of residents and helping to keep our community safe.   

If you have questions about this by-law, or others, contact the city at 204.326.9877.

View Pool By-Law