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Phone: 503-823-7300

TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Ponds, Water Features, Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs

Ponds and Water Features

Residential ponds, water features and fountains do not typically require a building or plumbing permit if they are self-contained. If there is a design requiring drainage connection or water connection to the plumbing system, then a plumbing permit is required. An electrical permit is also required if a pump is connected directly to the electrical system.

While the building code does not regulate self-contained residential ponds, water features and fountains, it is important to know that as a homeowner, you may be liable for accidents or injuries occurring on your property as a result of the installation of these accessories. We recommend that you check with your homeowner's insurance company prior to installation for more information.
 

Heartbleed Security Notice

A serious security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed" was recently discovered in OpenSSL, a popular software library commonly used by many websites on the internet to encrypt communication between a user's computer and a web server.

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