City of Rensselaer, NY
Rensselaer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Rensselaer 8-6-1958. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water — See Ch. 175.
Zoning — See Ch. 179.

§ 151-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OUTDOOR WATER POOL
Any swimming pool, tank depression or excavation or other structure which shall cause the retaining of water to a greater depth than 24 inches.
POOL
See "outdoor water pool."

§ 151-2 Permits.

No outdoor water pool shall be constructed, erected or maintained unless a permit for the same shall have been issued by the Building Commissioner of the City of Rensselaer. An application for such permit shall be on such form as may be furnished by the Building Commissioner of the City of Rensselaer and shall be accompanied by complete plans and specifications of the pool, the plan for the disposal of water, the type and location of fencing and a survey or map showing the location thereof with respect to the boundary lines of the land of the applicant. Permits may be issued only upon application of the owner of the land or his agent duly authorized in writing to make such application. Application shall be accompanied by a permit fee in the sum of $25.

§ 151-3 Construction and design.

A. 
No pool shall be built, constructed or maintained except of materials having adequate strength to retain the water designed to be contained therein.
B. 
Each pool shall be designed in accordance with sound engineering practice.

§ 151-4 Water disposal.

Water overflowing from the pool, and when the pool is emptied, the water therefrom, shall be disposed of on the owner's land and shall be prevented from flowing over or into the land of any adjoining property owner or over or into any abutting street or into any sanitary sewer.

§ 151-5 Fencing.

Every pool shall be completely enclosed with fencing of a height not less than four feet nor more than six feet to prevent accidental entry and unauthorized use of the pool. The Building Commissioner of the City of Rensselaer may prescribe the method and type of fencing which will, in the opinion of the Building Commissioner, safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare. In making such determination, the Building Commissioner shall take into consideration the character of the district with a view to conserving the value of buildings and land and encouraging the most appropriate use of the land within the municipality.

§ 151-6 Perimeter.

There shall be a perimeter of at least four feet around said pool, which perimeter shall be between the edge of the pool and the fence erected around the pool.

§ 151-7 Lighting.

No lighting shall be permitted in, on or about said pool, except such lighting that shall shine into or upon said pool and cast no light on reflections on to abutting properties.

§ 151-8 Abandonment.

Should the owner abandon the pool, he shall arrange to remove the depression and return the surface of the ground to its original grade and approximately in the same condition as before the pool was constructed, and he shall further notify the Building Commissioner of the City of Rensselaer of the abandonment so that the inspection of the site may be made and the records of the permit be marked accordingly.

§ 151-9 Distance from lot lines.

Every pool shall be constructed at least 10 feet distant from any lot line.

§ 151-10 Enforcement.

The Building Inspector shall be empowered to enforce the regulations herein set forth and to compel the removal of any pool that fails to meet the requirements as to installation or proper maintenance of the pool, fencing, water disposal and appurtenances.

§ 151-11 Effect on pools constructed prior to chapter.

The owner of any land upon which a pool shall be constructed prior to the date of adoption of this chapter, and pursuant to a permit duly issued by the Building Commissioner of the City of Rensselaer shall, within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter, comply with the requirements contained in §§ 151-4, 151-5 and 151-8.