Filling in a pool can be a great decision for homeowners who want to transform their outdoor space or reduce the maintenance costs of owning a pool. Understanding the costs involved is important for planning and budgeting.


Cost Breakdown

Partial Fill-In

A partial fill-in involves removing the pool’s water, drilling holes in the bottom for drainage, and filling it with a mixture of pack fill. In Ontario, this process typically costs between $10,000 – $15,000 for a vinyl pool, and between $12,000 – $15,000 for a gunnite pool, depending on the pool size and materials used.

Full Fill-In

A full fill-in requires completely removing all pool components and filling the space with compacted soil. This method ensures better stability for future landscaping and can cost between $12,000 – $15,000 for a vinyl pool, and between $12,000 to $25,000 for a gunnite pool.

Additional Costs

Additional expenses can include:

  • Permits (if required): Approximately $2000, depending on local regulations.
  • Decking Removal: Around $1,000-$3,000. This depends largely on the size of the pool and the materials used.
  • Landscaping: Costs vary widely but expect to pay $1,000-$5,000 for basic landscaping.


What’s Involved?

Initial Assessment of the cost of a pool fill in project

The first step is the assessment of the pool and surrounding area.

There’s a process to determine just what the project involves. Every situation will be somewhat different based on several factors. Generally, a pool fill-in project will consist of the following steps. 


An initial evaluation is done to determine the pool size, and material removal, and estimate any additional costs that may be required.


Obtaining necessary permits from local authorities can take a few weeks. If this is required, it is advisable to plan for this step well in advance so it doesn’t slow the process down.

Materials and Equipment

Typical materials include a sand/clay base, topsoil, and sod.

Final Touches

Levelling the surface and adding topsoil, followed by landscaping.


Factors That Can Influence Cost

The Pool Fill In People conducting an outdoor Pool demolition and fill in

The size of the pool and surrounding area will affect the cost.

Pool Size and Type

Larger pools or those with complex designs cost more to fill. This is due to the increased volume of materials required and the additional labour involved. A larger pool needs more pack fill, while complex designs with features like curves, multiple levels, or integrated spa areas demand more time and effort to fill properly. Additionally, these pools often have more extensive plumbing and electrical systems that need to be removed or managed during the fill-in process, further increasing the cost.


Specific factors such as soil type and local regulations can affect costs. 


Difficult access to the pool area can increase labour costs.

Additional Features

Pools with extensive plumbing or electrical components require more work to remove or fill.


Comparative Analysis

Partial/Complete vs. Removal and Disposal

Partial fill-in: Less expensive, quicker.

Complete removal: More expensive and time-consuming.


Provide Detail

During the estimating process, make sure to disclose as much detail as you can. Every project is different and sometimes having those details in advance can help save headaches down the line. Pictures are helpful, as well as referencing yard entry points, and other details that can affect the procedure. 




Can I fill in a pool myself?

While possible, it’s recommended to hire professionals to ensure proper drainage and compaction.

How long does the process take?

Typically 3-4 days, depending on the method and site conditions.

Filling in a pool is a significant project that can save on long-term maintenance costs and repurpose your outdoor space. Understanding the costs and processes involved helps in making an informed decision. For a personalized quote and professional advice, contact The Pool Fill In People! We’d love to know more about your project!