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Third-Party Pool Inspections Beginning March 2021

Pool Builders the City of Austin will start requiring 3rd party pool inspections starting March 2021 for all pool applications submitted to the City of Austin after September 1, 2020.

Third-Party Inspectors must have one credential from the list below AND have completed the Certificate of Learning Achievement (CLA). Click HERE for a link to the course that is now available. Inspectors will be required to complete the six (6) hour International Swimming Pool & Spa Code course to perform the inspections within the City of Austin.


Credentials required (one of these, plus CLA):


· Registered Design Professional

· Certified Pool & Spa Building Professional (CBP)

· Certified International Code Council (ICC) Certified Residential Building Inspector.


Inspection Checklist:


Third-party inspectors will be required to ensure that the criteria in the inspector certification is met. The third-party inspector will fill out the Third-Party Inspection Checklist provided by the City of Austin. This form will be uploaded to the Building Permit and inspected during the 112 Final inspection.


Inspections that will continue to be performed by City of Austin Inspectors:


· 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

Changes have been made to the 101 (Building Layout) and 112 (Final Building) City Inspections under the new code. Here are the changes you can expect during your 101 and 112 inspections:


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).


If you want to see the original email sent by the City of Austin regarding the information summarized on this blog click here.



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