Third-Party Inspector Requirements
Pool builders and contractors may use third-party inspectors who have at least one of the following credentials and have obtained a Certificate of Learning Achievement (CLA) for swimming pool projects:
  • Registered Design Professional
  • Certified Pool & Spa Building Professional (CBP)
  • Certified International Code Council (ICC) Certified Residential Building Inspector
Inspector Certification

Inspectors will be required to complete the six-hour International Swimming Pool & Spa Code course to perform these inspections. The online course is now available.

The course includes three parts:
  1. Key code terms, standards and requirements for pools and spas
  2. Pool and spa equipment design, installation, sanitation and disposal compliance
  3. Design and permit requirements for residential pools
Designer Requirements

Third-Party Inspections

Beginning in March 2021, third-party inspectors will be required to ensure these criteria are met. See the Third-Party Inspection Checklist for more information.
City Inspections

The City will continue to provide the following inspections for residential pools:
  • 101 Building Layout
  • 300 Electrical Slab (pre-pour)
  • 302 Electrical Ground (pre-pour)
  • 300 Electrical Slab (post-pour)
  • 302 Electrical Ground (post-pour)
  • 507 Plumbing Gas Yard Line (if pool is equipped with gas heater)
  • 305 Final Electrical
  • 521 Final Plumbing (if applicable for water protection device and/or a gas system)
  • 112 Final Building

Following are changes to the 101 (Building Layout) and 112 (Final Building) City Inspections under the new code:
Layout Inspection
  • Obtain APSP 7, verify design total dynamic head (TDH) and design flow rate, upload to permit prior to scheduling inspection.
  • Review pump information (pump curve required when pump can exceed design flow rate), upload to permit prior to scheduling inspection.
  • Review and attach suction outlet fitting assembly (SOFA) information (shall exceed design flow).
  • Require that gauges be installed at suction and outlet side of pump to determine TDH at final inspection.
Final Inspection
  • Obtain gauge readings and calculate actual TDH.
  • Use pump curve and actual TDH to determine actual system flow rate.
  • Compare actual system flow rate to SOFA flow rate (SOFA rate must exceed system flow rate).
  • Review Third-Party Inspection Checklist and compare with site conditions.
Next Steps in Implementation

Rules to ensure Code compliance will be published in the Building Criteria Manual soon. To view the adopted rules prior to publication, visit the project page on the SpeakUp Austin site. In addition to guidelines related to the new Code, the revised rules also address application submittal and appropriate treatment and handling of water discharge.