The private Spanish swimming Pool
When you move to southern Spain, one of its great lifestyle attractions is the private swimming pool. They are perfect for pool parties, for lazing beside and for a refreshing dip on the hottest days. The majority of pools in the south are outdoor and unheated, which means they can only be used during the warmer months. However, adding heating is becoming more popular, because then the pool can be used year round. Even if it is a chilly before you dive in.
Overseas buyers who purchase a property in an apartment block will usually have access to a community pool and won’t have to worry about any of the costs or regulations around constructing one, but for owners who have purchased a plot and are building their own home, adding a pool is usually on the ‘most wanted’ list. And, some older private properties may not have a pool, or the pool needs an update, in which case this information is relevant for them as well.
Know the local planning permissions
The first thing to note is that there are planning rules with regard to swimming pools; you cannot simply start excavating your garden. Owners will need to consult planning permissions for the zone the property is/or will sit in. If you can build a pool, make sure that its dimensions don’t interfere with your neighbour’s boundaries, and that it is a sufficient distance from the road.
Do you have enough space for a swimming pool?
The question of sufficient space for the pool design and size you want is where you need to take most care. If you are building on a plot, then this aspect needs to be discussed with the architect at the outset. You may also find that where there is an existing property, there may be no permission to add another structure on the plot. It pays to know this in advance and avoid disappointment after you’ve completed your purchase. Your lawyer can find out all this for you.
The next step is to get an architect to draw up the plans and submit them to the local town hall. This will help the process along and prevent you falling foul of planning laws. As some foreign buyers have found out to their cost, the penalties for disregarding Spanish planning laws can be hefty. You may get a fine, but there is also a chance that you may have to demolish your new swimming pool. And, a pool is not an inexpensive item in your property budget.
Add the swimming pool on the Catastral and Land Registry
When the construction of your swimming pool is completed, you will now need to register it so that it is in the documents at the Land Registry and the ‘catastral’, which relates to taxation on the property. This registration costs a small amount and your property tax may go up a little, but not excessively.