The easiest way to be certain if you will need a permit to add a hot tub on your property is to contact your local building department. Long Island, NY, alone, for example, has over 130 different towns and villages, many of which write their own codes. So there are probably places that require one. The same is true for the Catskills.
Mainly, what the various building departments want to see is how your hot tub model conforms to local codes regarding property lines (set backs) or the minimum distance between installations and the lot line.
It is also possible to do an online search of your own Town and type in ‘building codes’ and ‘hot tubs’ to get the needed information.
Here we can be very definite. “Yes. A licensed electrician is required,” says our own Bill Renter. “This is because a hot tub uses heaters, filters, pumps, lights etc. requiring a bonded professional. Such an electrician will provide hot tub purchasers with an underwriter’s certificate indicating that it’s been inspected and approved to meet the NED (National Electric Code).”
Very often, Best Hot Tubs staff can recommend someone for this, or new clients can use their own electrician. In the owners manual we provide, there are clear instructions on how the spa you purchased from us is supposed to be wired and this can be shared with the electrician.
Most find that checking on permits and hiring an electrician for the installation are easy enough when you consider the benefits of a family-size water feature. Indeed, from our personal experiences, and what our clients tell us, these steps are well worth it.
Happy hot tubbing!
If your Town has hot tub codes related to safety issues, sections of your owner’s manual can be helpful. These covers, for example, are very durable and include locking clips for added security when not in use. Not to mention the durable spa covers available from Strong Spas. Cover locking systems, when used correctly, meet the ASTM F1346-91 “Standard for Safety Covers” which may satisfy your Towns’ fencing and gating requirements.
A hot tub uses a heater, filter, pump, lights etc. — so at least on Long Island a licensed electrician is required when installing a hot tub on Long Island (NY).
When it comes to hot tubs installed on Long Island, some Towns need to see how your model conforms to local codes regarding property lines (set backs) or the minimum distance between installations and the lot line.
Whether or not you need a special permit to install a hot tub on Long Island, and whether or not you have a spectacular view, the rewards are well worth it.