Above ground pools go best directly behind the house and close to it for convenience. Near a kitchen window for a birds eye view. Not under power lines, or near septic system. One thing I look for is roof gutters and pitch of land leading to the swimming pool area as you don’t want water running at your pool washing out the sand under the pool liner.
If you have a slope and level off your land for an above ground pool. Do Not build right to the edge of the level area next to the slope. By rule you want seven feet though I have always been happy with two feet. This is especially true for steep slopes.
Setbacks For Pool Placement
Every town is different so check with your local building department, but generally your pool has to be 10 feet from your house, and 15 feet for a neighbors property line. Of course in your in a city with houses real close together the codes are not as strict.
If the pool is to far from the house it make backyard barbecues and gathering more work, and it is also more difficult to keep an eye on the kiddos. Safety First!
A lot of nicer town require the pool to be in the back yard as apposed to a side yard or front yard.
What To Put Under An Above Ground Pool?
I included this question because I always seem to get them together. Most people put mason sand under the pool. Some people like me will use a compactable material like stone dust first. It is like a foundation for the pool.
Most pools us a two inch base starting at the bottom edge of the pool wall. Then to build the cove area you can use more sand or foam. I like using the foam cove.
If you have nut-grass it is best to use a liner guard under the pool too.