Regarding Pool Guidelines

Relaxing in a pool is a great way to beat the heat of the summer.  In order to address pool safety, there are building code and zoning requirements related to pools.  Many are not aware that permits are required for outdoor pools.  These requirements have been in place for years, however the City of Social Circle has only been administering the building permits within the City since July 2015.  Prior to that time, Walton County provided that service.

Please be aware that permits are required for new pool installations, both above ground and below ground.  If your pool was built or installed after July 2015 and there was no permit obtained, you will need to come to City Hall and obtain your pool permit.

There is not a fee for an above ground pool with no structure surrounding it.  A barrier is required.

If you build a deck around the above ground pool you would need a minimum permit fee of $100.00 for the structure/deck.

The purpose of the barrier is to provide significant restricted access and reliable entry points to a pool so that children cannot gain access unless an adult provides such access.  The barrier can be the wall of the pool itself if 48 inches tall. If the pool is lower than 48 inches, please remover the ladder off the pool when no one is home.  The City of Social Circle’s main concern is the safety of pool access for all adults and children.

Inground pools do have a pool permit fee of $300.00 includes electrical and plumbing.  An inground pool does require a permanent fence, wall, building wall or combination. Permanent means “not being able to be removed, lifted or relocated without the use of a tool.

If your pool was installed prior to July 2015, and you would like the City to review it we will do that at no charge.  Otherwise, no action is needed.  The City will respond to any complaints or concerns that are received relative to Code compliance and advise the property owner if there are any issues to be addressed.

The City of Social Circle hopes this helps in any confusion of the pool requirements posted in the newsletter, but if you have questions please contact Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905 or bschalgeter@socialcirclega.com.

Code Compliance to Start April 1

With Spring coming, we appreciate how everyone is sprucing up their yards and homes. Starting April 1, the City Compliance Officer will be taking inventory of the City Code of Ordinance issues in town. Initially, the Code Compliance Officer will visit with citizens to let them know about ordinances they may not be aware of and to work with them to see what needs to be done to bring the issues up to code.

Contact Barbara Schlageter at (770) 464-6905 or BSchlageter@ socialcirclega.com for more information.

Chickens in Residential Districts

The City Council will discuss the keeping of chickens at their work session on March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for the Mayor and Council to discuss the input received to date and provide direction to the staff on whether to prepare an Ordinance for consideration. This topic has been considered by the Planning Commission, who recommended at their February meeting against allowing the keeping of chickens in residential districts, and also by the Historic Preservation Commission who recommended allowing the keeping of no more than two chickens in residential districts on lots at least ½ acre in size.

If the Council pursues an ordinance change to allow the keeping of chickens in a residential district, that ordinance would require a public hearing process  prior to a vote for adoption.