New Hot Tub Owner: What You Need to Know Before Delivery

Here is my list of things you should know and may need to do after you have purchased your hot tub, or maybe you are not sure what comes next.

New Hot Tub Checklist

Permit (Recommended): In the State of New York, a permit is required for installing a Hot Tub. Many of the requirements for owning Hot Tubs are the same or similar to swimming pools; such as having a proper electrical connection, a safety cover, and so on. Contact your local building department to inquire what your town requires. Be sure you know where the Hot Tub is going to be placed; most towns require the location to be marked on a property map. The town may also verify that any contractors you are using have certain types of insurance on file.

Location: Your new Hot Tub can be installed on many types of surfaces: a reinforced deck, concrete patio, pavers (with a proper base), crushed stone, or even inside a well-ventilated room. Be sure to know the layout of your New Hot Tub, most importantly where the control/service panels are. Hot Tubs need to be accessible for service so the service panel side should be an open space. Also, be sure to leave room for the cover to open if you are placing your hot tub near a wall or fence.

Pre-Delivery: Delivering a Hot Tub is not always an easy task. Access to the location is the biggest part of any hot tub delivery. Check the path that will be used to get the Hot Tub to where it needs to go. Are there any obstacles? Is there enough clearance to get through? Will the Hot Tub have to be put on its side or lifted into place? A lot of delivery of a hot tub is done with muscle and sweat.


At Time of Delivery: Most Hot Tubs include a Cover Lifter Device to assist in removing your safety cover. This is installed at the time of delivery and can require between 12” to 24″ of clearance from a wall depending on the type of lifter it is. You will also be asked which way the tub is to be faced. Be sure to leave space for the brackets and steps.

For Cold Weather Delivery Click Here for my advice and recommendations

After Delivery: Here at the store we test water for free and give advice on how to correct any problems. We also provide an in-store review of your new Hot Tubs operation and provide Technical Support.

Check out some of my other posts on the New Owners Page to help startup and maintain your hot tub water.

Electrical: The electric installation should be done after the Hot Tub is in its final location. Electric installation or connection is not part of your Hot Tub purchase. Click the electrician link below for my recommendations. Electric is usually part of the final inspection by your town, and they should provide you with guidelines for you to follow.

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