Not usually, however, the installation of a hot tub or swim spa require planning permission, if it is in a conservation area, for instance, or the hot tub is part of a structure in the garden. If there are no restrictions, then you can usually put the equipment anywhere in your garden as long as it is installed on a level, solid base. If in doubt about whether planning is required, check with your local planning office for clarification.

BISHTA would always recommend that you buy a hot tub or swim spa from a reputable company who offer a full delivery and installation service, to avoid any potential issues that may arise.  However, if you have the skills and expertise to install it yourself, BISHTA click here to read our tips.

There are a number of factors that will affect the likely running costs of hot tubs and swim spas, including heat losses and usage. The greater the volume that needs heating, the higher the running costs. Water temperature is typically set between 36°C to 40o C, but in the summer, especially during very hot weather, this might be reduced to make the temperature more comfortable. The higher the water temperature is set, the more energy will be required to maintain it and therefore the higher the running costs. Find our more about the factors that effect running cost here.

If there’s a hosepipe ban, you may still permitted to fill or top-up your hot tub, but this may have to be with a bucket, rather than a hosepipe.  If there’s a drought order, your new hot tub can be filled during construction, but it can’t be topped up.  We have found that if the hot tub needs to be emptied for good reason, then the water suppliers may allow refilling, but it’s best to contact your water suppliers first. Additionally, your BISHTA contractor can advise on various ways in which water can be conserved.  Past experience shows that, with help, owners are still able to enjoy their Hot Tub when there are water restrictions.

Domestic self-contained spas are usually referred to as ‘hot tubs’ here in the UK, to avoid confusion with the terms “spa” which is usually thought of as some kind of hotel venue where you get pampered! Quite often, people enjoy the benefits of being in warm water at a hotel or fitness club and decide they want to replicate the experience in their own home. Find out more here.

This question and much more can be answered by your local BISHTA Member. To get you started BISHTA has an Owners Manual to point you in the right direction.

Usually between 1-3 months maximum, or more often, if necessary, due to heavy usage. Read more here.

BISHTA currently recommends the use of chlorine, bromine and PHMB to ensure the water is safe. Read more here.

This will vary and so discuss this with your BISHTA dealer, but a good rule is approximately £1 – £1.50 per day, but there are a number of factors that could affect this figure, so check with your BISHTA Member.

As with most purchases decisions, you have a wide choice dependent on your requirements, specification and budget. Prices can vary from £2,000 – £22,000

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