[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Port Chester 8-3-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL
- Any pool designed, used and maintained for swimming purposes by an individual for use by himself, his household and guests and located on a lot as an accessory use to a residence.
[Amended 4-27-1988 by L.L No. 7, 1988]
This law does not govern portable wading or swimming pools; provided, however, that all the parts are wholly portable and the water content thereof does not exceed 3,760 gallons.
Wholly portable pools having water content of more than 3,760 gallons but less than 7,000 gallons shall conform to the requirements of this law for private swimming pools.
Wholly portable pools having a water content of 7,000 gallons and not more than 9,500 gallons shall conform to the requirements of this law for private swimming pools in respect to permits, cleanliness and maintenance, water supply, filtering, bacterial standard, drainage, location on property and overhead lighting.
[Amended 4-27-1988 by L.L. No. 7, 1988]
No person shall construct a private swimming pool without first having obtained a permit from the Building Department and having paid the required fee for the building permit as set out in § 151-6 of the Village Code.
The term "estimated cost" means the value of all services, excavations, labor, materials, equipment and other devices entering into and necessary for the completion of the work.
Application for the construction and maintenance of a private swimming pool shall be made to the Building Inspector by an owner of the property, a registered architect or a licensed engineer.
The application shall be accompanied by duplicate sets of plans and specifications and plot plans. The plans shall show construction details, whether constructed of masonry materials, precast or prefabricated masonry materials, steel or other combinations of materials ensuring structural stability, including complete water supply, drainage, filtration and lighting layouts. The specifications shall describe materials and equipment intended to be used and further augment the plans. The plot plan shall show the entire lot on which the pool is proposed to be constructed, indicating the exact size and shape of the pool and the distance of the pool from all lot lines, pool fencing and screening, existing and contemplated structures and septic tanks and fields, if any.
In the case of any wholly portable pools having a water content of more than 3,760 gallons but less than 7,000 gallons, no construction plans are required; however, specifications, catalog data and plot plans shall be required.
In the case of wholly portable pools having a water content of 7,000 gallons to 9,500 gallons, construction plans and specifications are not required. In lieu thereof, catalog data shall be submitted, together with a plot plan indicating the location of the pool in accordance with the requirements of this section.
All private swimming pools shall be waterproof, easily cleaned, maintained and operated so as to be clean and sanitary at all times. Exposed sand or earth bottoms will not be permitted. Masonry, asphalt or earth aprons around the pool shall be pitched to drain water away from the pool.
Physical connections between potable water systems and pool circulating systems will not be permitted. The fill pipe shall be located at least two fill-pipe diameters above the rim of the pool.
Private-swimming-pool water must be filtered and chemically treated. One complete recirculation of entire volume of pool water through the filter system is required daily during the swimming season. Every private swimming pool shall be equipped with a sand filter, a diatomaceous filter or an approved equal.
Filters and pumps shall be located underground or in existing or new structures (soundproofed if required so as not to be disturbing to the neighbors) located no closer than five feet to a property line.
It is recommended that all pool water 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 three-tenths (0.3) part per million of available free chlorine.
Not more than 15% of the samples of water taken from any private swimming or wading pool, of a series of seven or more samples collected, shall show the presence of bacteria of the coliform group in any of the five ten-milliliter portions examined; and no single sample shall show the presence of bacteria of the coliform group in all five ten-milliliter portions and also in any one-milliliter portion thereof. The Local Board of Health is hereby authorized to take samples to ensure compliance with these requirements.
To assure himself of the quality and chemical property of the water in a private swimming pool, the owner shall procure an approved water-test set and use it as directed by the manufacturer.
Private swimming pools shall be provided with one drainage outlet for drainage of the pool and for backwash water disposal. The drain pipe shall be connected to a storm sewer only. Upon inspection of the property by the Building Inspector, approval may be issued by him to discharge the pool water onto a lawn, in fields or woods or to a dry well or series of dry wells, provided the water does not overflow onto adjoining property. Pool water discharged into a brook must have a minimum of .1 ppm chlorine residual.
Installation and materials used to make connections to the water supply and storm-water sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Plumbing Code of the Village of Port Chester.
Editor's Note: Refer to Ch. 68, beginning on p. 6801.
No private swimming pool shall have a surface area of water larger than 50% of the rear-yard or side-yard area from front lot line setback to rear lot line.
No private swimming pool shall be constructed or erected nearer than 10 feet to side or rear lot lines and a similar distance from existing and contemplated structures, and a distance no less than the required setback from the front lot line in the district in which the pool is located.
On a corner lot, no private swimming pool shall be erected nearer to the street side lot line than the distance required from the front lot line in the district in which the pool is located.
No private swimming pool shall be located nearer than 25 feet to a septic tank or its fields.
Bathhouse, cabana or similar structures in connection with a private swimming pool shall be constructed and set back from all property lines as required by the Building Code and the Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Port Chester.
All outside lights for illumination of a private swimming pool shall be so installed and maintained that the source of light is not visible from a public street or neighboring property.
Private swimming pools shall have at least one or more fully grounded, National Board of Fire Underwriters approved underwater lights located in deep diving areas of the pool.
Where planting as a screen does not exist, dense shrubs no less than three feet high shall be planted between the pool rim along side, front and rear lot lines.
The pool area shall be completely enclosed with a chain-link or other approved wire-mesh or woven fence with self-closing gates. The fence shall be no less than four feet high and the gate or gates shall be securely locked at all times when the pool is not in use. Any structure adjacent to the pool may serve as a portion of the fence.
Any person constructing, using or maintaining any private swimming or wading pool in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $200, or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.