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We want to install a Jacuzzi or hot tub in our garden

Can you tell me the rules and does it need a safety cover?  G.S.

In most cases the rules are light, but depend on where you live and the type of spa. Ask the mairie about the plan local d’urbanisme which details restrictions.

If you want to use the spa all year round you may need mairie approval but in most cases, you do not need to complete a declaration préalable de travaux.

This is, however, needed if the spa is set or partly set into the ground, if it cannot be dismantled or transported, if it has a water surface of 10m² or more or if it is less than 3m from your property boundary.

If it is covered by a shelter with a height of more than 1.8m then you may need a permis de construire.

If you need to make a déclaration préalable or get a permis de construire you will also be liable for the taxe d’aménagement, a one-off tax on new construction. Also ask the mairie about any changes to your taxe d’habitation.

You also need to make sure that the electricity supply for the water heater and pump is fitted properly.

Spas are treated in the same way as swimming pools and if it is set partially or fully into the ground you will need security features, like a cover, shelter, barrier or alarm, but the majority of spa pools are covered anyway to retain the heat.


Question answered by Sarah Bright-Thomas of Bright Avocats

Tel: 05 61 57 90 86 -

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