Updated as of June 2018
The words, terms and phrases listed below, for the purpose of this chapter, shall be defined as follows:
Includes any above surface type of swimming pool not designed or intended to be stationary or permanently fixed to the premises but capable of being removed for storage. Also known as a “temporary pool.”
Artificially constructed bathing or swimming pools having a water depth of 14 inches or more, and includes in addition to its common meaning and usage each and every outdoor natural or man-made pool of water designed, maintained, used or intended for use as a place in which to swim or to bathe and which can be filled with water to a depth in excess of 14 inches; it shall not mean portable swimming pools.
No owner of land in this Borough shall construct, maintain or use and no such owner shall suffer or permit the construction, maintenance or use upon said land of a permanent outdoor swimming pool having a water depth of more than 14 inches without having first obtained a permit therefor in the manner hereinafter prescribed.
No lessee and no tenant or other occupier of land in this Borough shall construct, maintain or use and no such lessee, tenant or other occupier shall suffer or permit the construction, maintenance or use upon said land of an permanent outdoor swimming pool having a water depth of more than 14 inches without having first obtained a permit therefor in the manner hereinafter prescribed.
An application for a permit for a permanent outdoor swimming pool shall be accompanied by duplicate sets of plans, specifications and plot plans of the property. The plot plan shall accurately show the proposed location on the property and the dimensions of the proposed swimming pool, any proposed bathhouses, cabanas or other accessory structures and the proposed method of draining the pool. The plot plan shall also accurately show the location and dimensions of all buildings existing on the property, the location, type and height of all existing fencing or wall on the boundary lines of the property, together with the type and height of such fencing or enclosure as may be required. The area of the swimming pool at the perimeter of the outside of the wall or structure, together with any bathhouses, cabanas or other accessory structures, shall be considered as lot coverage within the meaning of the Borough Land Use and Development Ordinance. A fee of $10 shall be paid to the Borough of High Bridge for such swimming pool occupancy permit. The above permit fee shall be exclusive of the permit fee or fees required for the erection or alteration of the pool or of any accessory structure to be used in connection with such swimming pool. The Building Inspector shall promptly refer the plans, specifications and plot plans for permanent swimming pools to the Borough Engineer and the Health Officer, and no permit for a permanent private outdoor pool shall be issued by the Building Inspector until the plans, specifications and plot plans have been approved by the Borough Engineer and the Health Officer of the Borough of High Bridge and such approvals have been properly certified on the plans.
All material used in the construction of outdoor swimming pools, as herein defined, shall be waterproof and easily cleanable, and no such pool shall have either a sand or earth bottom. Construction and design of said pools shall be such that same may be maintained and operated so as to be clean and sanitary at all times. The owners of every outdoor swimming pool shall be responsible to maintain said pool in such condition as to prevent breaks in the pool structure or water from the pool overflowing onto adjacent public or private property.
There shall be no physical connection between a public or private potable water supply system and such outdoor swimming pools at a point less than six inches above the maximum waterline of the pool.
All outdoor swimming pools hereafter constructed within the Borough of High Bridge shall be provided with one drainage outlet of galvanized iron pipe or approved equal material not in excess of two inches in diameter extending from said pool to either a brook, storm sewer (where the Borough Engineer shall determine that such storm sewer is of adequate capacity), lawn sprinkling system or dry well on the premises on which said permanent pool is located. The discharge of water from such permanent outdoor swimming pools into a brook or storm sewer shall be permitted only following approval of the proper state, county and Borough officials, as each case may require. No permanent pool drain shall be connected into the Borough’s sanitary sewer system, nor shall water there from be discharged at any street curb or upon the surface of any street, without the approval of the Borough Engineer.
All outdoor swimming pools shall be treated with chlorine or its compounds in sufficient quantity so that there will be present in the water at all times when the pool is in use a residual of excess chlorine of not less than 0.30 parts per million of available free chlorine as determined by the orthotolidine tests.
The water in any outdoor swimming pool at all times when in use shall equal the standards as set forth in the latest recommendations of the American Public Health Association and the New Jersey State Department of Health. Bacterial standards shall be maintained so that the total agar plate count of a sample of water taken at either end of an outdoor swimming pool shall not contain more than 200 bacteria per cubic centimeter or shall show positive test (confirmed) for coliform organisms. For the purpose of this section, any number of samplings of water on a single day shall be considered as one sample. The Health Officer or other duly authorized representative of the Board of Health of the Borough of High Bridge is hereby authorized to take samples to ensure compliance with these requirements.
At all times when the pool is in use, the water shall be sufficiently clear to permit the entire bottom of the pool to be clearly visible from the walkway surrounding the pool.
Locker rooms, bathhouses, cabanas, shower rooms, toilets, runways and all other physical facilities or equipment incident to the operation of any outdoor swimming pool shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times.
No outdoor swimming pool shall be located within any front yard or side yard area or within any side street setback area required by the provisions of the Borough of High Bridge Land Use Ordinance of 2005, Section 310, as amended and supplemented. These restrictions on distances from property lines and dwellings shall apply to the outside of the pool wall, bathhouses, cabanas and any other structures accessory to the pool. No portion of an outdoor swimming pool shall be placed within 15 feet, measured horizontally, of any overhead electrical conductor.
No artificial lighting shall be maintained or operated in connection with outdoor swimming pools in such a manner as to be a nuisance or an annoyance to the occupants of neighboring properties.
Every outdoor swimming pool, as defined herein, constructed or to be constructed in the Borough of High Bridge, shall at all times comply with the requirements of the Department of Health of the State of New Jersey and the Board of Health of the Borough of High Bridge. Any nuisance or hazard to health which may exist or develop in or in consequence of or in connection with any such swimming pool shall be abated and removed by the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises on which the pool is located within 10 days after receipt of notice from the Building Inspector, Borough Engineer, Health Officer or other duly authorized representative of the Board of Health of the Borough of High Bridge or member of the police force of said Borough.
Any person, corporation or other organization who shall violate or cause to be violated any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.