What is the procedure for installing a pool on my property?
In order to install a pool on your property you must obtain a special use permit from the Cohoes Planning Board. The application is available at the City’s website: www.cohoes.com. Click “Forms Center” from the column of yellow buttons on the left hand side of the screen. Then select “Special Use Permit” under “Planning Board.”
The Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in Cohoes City Hall, second floor room 15 – commonly known as the Common Council Chamber. You can check the meeting schedules online at the City website. On the Home page, click on the yellow button marked “Meeting Schedule.”
The applicant should submit materials two weeks prior to the meeting. Materials should include an aerial drawing of the property along with setbacks from the property lines to the proposed pool and placement of all other structures on the lot. The packet can be mailed or hand delivered to the Director of Building and Planning in room 17, second floor, City Hall located at 97 Mohawk Street in Cohoes, NY 12047.
Once the Planning Board approves the special use permit, the property owner should obtain a building permit from the Department of Building and Planning. The building permit costs a minimum of $50 or 1% of the total project cost. In addition, the property owner will need to prove that the pool’s safety features meet NYS Code. The owner must install a 4’ fence with a self-locking gate around the pool and install an alarm system on the pool. These items should be listed on the building permit application.
Finally, along with the building permit, the contractor who will install the pool must provide proof of insurance. The contractor installing the pool must show proof of general liability, workers compensation and disability benefits. The homeowner can perform the work, but will need to complete a notarized form available in our office.
The building permit application and insurance forms are also available on the City website. The “building permit application” can be found under “Code Enforcement.” Please feel free to contact the Director of Building and Planning at 233-2130 with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your anticipated compliance.