Procedures for Building a Pool

Obtain a Special Use Permit


In order to install a pool on your property you must obtain a special use permit from the Cohoes Planning Board. The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Cohoes City Hall, second floor room 15 - commonly known as the Common Council Chamber.

The applicant should submit materials 2 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 at:
97 Mohawk Street
2nd Floor, Room 17
Cohoes, NY 12047.

Obtaining a Building Permit


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 New York State Code. The owner must install a 4 foot 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.

Proof of Insurance


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 online. Please feel free to contact the Director of Building and Planning at 518-233-2130 with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your anticipated compliance.