Swimming pool removal in Los Angeles requires only a grading permit. A grading permit in Los Angeles can typically be obtained for a few hundred dollars. Either you or your pool removal contractor can obtain the proper permit. Most pool demolition contractors obtain a grading permit for a job and then pass the cost of the permit along to you.
However, if you live in a gated community or a community that has a strict homeowner’s association, you should check with your Homeowners Association before beginning your swimming pool removal. Your Homeowners Association may have specific by-laws about how a swimming pool can be removed in your area.
Never do a swimming pool removal with the proper permits and permission. Demo’ing without a permit can lead to extra costs if you are later forced to legalize your swimming pool removal, and can also result in fines from the city of Los Angeles.