Updated as of June 2018
Any artificially constructed basin or other structure, above or below ground, for holding of water for use by the owner’s family or guests, for swimming, diving and other aquatic sports and recreation. The term “private swimming pool” does not include any plastic, canvas or rubber pool temporarily erected upon the ground with a framing less than or equal to 30 inches. Private swimming pools are regulated within § 106-119 of this chapter.
The purpose of this section is to insure that all necessary safety measures are taken to prevent pool related accidents, most especially with young children.
A zoning permit shall be obtained for the installation of all private swimming pools. A swimming pool is considered an accessory structure and shall conform to all provisions of § 106-107 unless otherwise stated in this section.
All swimming pools must be enclosed by a fence or barrier completely surrounding the pool. It must be of sufficient strength to withstand a horizontal concentrated load of 200 pounds applied on a one-square-foot area at any point. It cannot have any footholds or handholds that help a young child to climb it. If the barrier is a chain link fence, then no part of the diamond shaped opening shall be larger than 1 3/4 inches. It shall be constructed so as to prohibit the passage of a sphere equal to or larger than four inches in diameter through any opening or under the fence. While the fence does not have to be closed, it must be of a type to prevent access to the pool. Required minimum fence height for an above ground pool shall be four feet; for an in ground pool it shall be six feet. Any gates must be self-closing, and have a self-latching mechanism in proper working order located at least four feet above the ground.
Swimming pools can be located no closer than five feet to any side or rear property line.
All swimming pools must conform to all applicable sections of BOCA Section 623.1 et seq.
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