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Landscape Contractors Allowed to Demolish Swimming Pools

November 20, 2015

Landscape Contractors Allowed to Demolish Swimming Pools

More and more property owners seem to be replacing their swimming pools and spas with other landscape features as a drought response. This has led to member questions about whether the C-27 landscaping classification covers pool demolition as part of a landscape project. A city in northern California recently refused to issue a permit to a CLCA member in the belief that swimming pool demolition is not covered in the C-27 scope of work. CLCA responded by asking the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) for a written opinion on this subject.

CSLB wrote back that the C-27 classification is appropriate to sign contracts for swimming pool demolition as preparation for a landscape installation. Furthermore, this work does not have to be subcontracted to a swimming pool contactor. A C-27 contractor may do the demolition work with his or her work crew as set forth in Board Rule 831, which allows contractors to do incidental and supplemental work in other classifications.

Members should keep in mind, however, that the CSLB has no jurisdiction over local entities that decline to issue a permit for any reason. Nevertheless, most local building departments follow CSLB guidance on scope of work.

CLCA members may request a copy of the CSLB communication by contacting association headquarters at (800) 448-CLCA or

- Larry Rohlfes, CAE