Before installing a swimming pool or spa, please apply for a pool permit. The permit ensures that your pool or spa is safe and built according to the most current building codes.

The pool permit application process consists of three parts.

  1. Building Permit
  2. Encroachment Permit
  3. Pool Packet

All items must be submitted together at the Building Permit Counter. Once approved, the Encroachment Permit will be issued with the Building Permit in one packet.

How to Apply

Building Permit

  1. Fill out a Building Permit Application
  2. Submit 3 plan sets
  3. Submit Swimming Pool and Spa Packet
  4. Submit check for fees made to the City of Lincoln
Pool Building Permit Fees
Permit TypeFee

Swimming Pool/Spa

$1,155 per permit

Detached Spa/Water Feature

$341 per permit

Gunite Alteration

$518 per permit

Equipment Change-Out Alone

$296 per permit

Encroachment Permit

1. Fill out an Encroachment Permit Application 

2. Submit Certificate of Insurance via email

  • Please list the City of Lincoln as Additionally Insured and Certificate Holder
  • $1,000,000 for each occurrence
  • $2,000,000 General Aggregate

3. Submit check for $268 fee made to the City of Lincoln.

Please note that construction access to the backyard through the City of Lincoln’s Open Space is strictly prohibited.


How to Submit Applications

Submit completed Building Permit package and Encroachment Permit package to the Building Counter located on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Business License

Please ensure your City Issued Business License is up-to-date. Not having an active business license will delay processing your permit.

Review Time

Upon submittal of completed application package, please allow up to 2-6 weeks for review and approval.


Pool permits require multiple building inspections. Please schedule your building inspection before 3pm at least one business day in advance.

Final Pool Inspection

Before requesting a final pool inspection, you must schedule a post-encroachment inspection with the Engineering division.

How to Schedule a Post-Encroachment Inspection

Email your inspection request to with the following information:

  1. Permit number
  2. Address

No on-site host is required. Engineering inspector will take photos of City facilities after construction is complete. Please allow 3-4 business days to receive post-encroachment inspection results via email.