[HISTORY: Derived from Art. III of Ch. XII of the Charter and Ordinances, 1974, of the City of Buffalo. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Water supply used for filling or for cleaning swimming pools shall be protected against potential pollution from all sources, including cross-connections or backflow, and all inlet feed pipes shall be so constructed that the outlet of the same is a minimum height of six inches above the overflow of the water.
Drains shall be provided so that pools can be safely and adequately drained. All pools of over 1,500 cubic feet in capacity when drained shall discharge the contents into the sewer system. All other pools with a smaller capacity shall be either drained into the sewer system or, if drained in another manner, shall be drained so the contents of the same will not discharge on adjoining premises nor form unsanitary or hazardous conditions. Pools constructed with floors surrounding the same shall be so arranged that water from such areas will drain without entering the pool.
All swimming pools shall be installed, arranged and maintained to prevent dirt, sand or other foreign matter from entering the bathing area.
All swimming pools presently constructed or installed or hereafter constructed or installed shall be located and arranged so that, when the pool is being used, water from the same does not splash, discharge or drain onto adjoining premises.
No artificial lighting shall be maintained or operated in connection with any swimming pool presently constructed or installed or hereafter to be constructed or installed in such manner as to unreasonably interfere with the sleep, health, comfort or repose of the occupants of neighboring properties.
[Amended 7-20-2004, effective 8-2-2004]
Every swimming pool heretofore or hereafter constructed, installed or maintained shall be completely enclosed by an unclimbable fence of durable construction not less than four feet high, with a self-closing and lockable gate, and such fence enclosure shall be designed, constructed and maintained as set forth in the Building Code of New York State, Chapter 31, Section 3109, Swimming Pool Enclosures.
Every swimming pool presently constructed or installed or hereafter constructed or installed shall be maintained at all times in a reasonably safe condition. Any unsafe condition shall be forthwith corrected upon notice from the Department.
Private swimming pools may be erected or installed only as an accessory to a dwelling and for the private use of the owners or occupants and their families and guests.
The intent of this chapter is to provide coverage mainly for a complaint problem. The applicable laws are to cover swimming pool problems on the complaints received and are not intended for continuous policing of swimming pools connected with dwellings.
This chapter is not to cover public swimming pools which are covered by state laws.
For the purposes of this section, any on-ground or in-ground pond on private residential property which is over two feet deep shall be regulated as a pool with respect to fencing requirements, discharge of water affecting neighboring property or creating a nuisance, and regulated minimum distances from overhead power lines, and any electrical components thereof shall be installed and maintained according to applicable Codes.
[Added 7-20-2004, effective 8-2-2004]