[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Elk 8-1-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 100.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SWIMMING POOLS
- Outdoor pools which are artificially constructed below ground at a fixed location, and all buildings, equipment and appurtenances thereto. This definition shall not include irrigation ditches or irrigation ponds.
The Police Department, Building Inspector, Zoning Officer, Plumbing Inspector and Sanitary Inspector are hereby designated as the enforcement officials for this chapter. Said officials shall be granted access to any property in the township at reasonable hours to inspect any swimming pools and determine if they meet the requirements of this chapter.
Location. Swimming pools shall be permitted as an accessory use in residential and agricultural zones and shall be located at least 25 feet from the rear property line and shall be located in accordance with the building setback and yard requirements for the zone in which it is situate.
Surface area. The surface area of the water of a swimming pool may not exceed 50% of the yard area.
Neatness. All areas surrounding swimming pools must be kept neat and attractive so as to be in conformity with the surrounding property, and no rubbish, debris or litter shall be permitted to remain or accumulate in or about the swimming pool.
Construction. All material used in the construction of swimming pools shall be waterproof and easily cleaned. The use of aluminum paint as a finish and the use of sand-earth bottoms are hereby prohibited. All construction must comply with the applicable Plumbing, Electrical and Building Codes of the Township of Elk.
Illumination. All illuminations for a swimming pool and the area surrounding the same shall be arranged with proper shading so as to reflect light away from adjoining properties and public highways.
Diving boards. Diving boards or platforms shall not be used or installed in connection with any swimming pool having a depth of less than eight feet. Diving boards or platforms may be installed and used for swimming pools having a depth of from eight feet to 11 feet, provided that the board or platform is not more than three feet above the water level. Standard diving boards or towers may be installed and used in the deep area of swimming pools having a depth greater than 11 feet.
Barriers, fences and ladders. A permanent barrier, fence or obstruction not less than 48 inches nor more than eight feet in height shall be constructed in such a manner as to entirely enclose the area on which the swimming pool is located and to bar all reasonable and normal access to such pool except through a substantial self-closing gate or gates of a height of not less than 48 inches equipped with facilities for locking the gate when the pool is unattended and unguarded. The fence or barrier shall be constructed in such a manner as to prevent footholds so that young children cannot gain access by climbing. Every gate or door opening through such enclosure shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device capable of keeping such gates and doors securely closed.
Abandoned swimming pools. All swimming pools whose use has been permanently discontinued and abandoned shall be immediately filled and regraded.
Sanitary regulations. In addition to the provisions of this chapter, the construction, installation, maintenance and operation of any private swimming pool shall be subject to any regulations now or hereafter provided in the property maintenance provisions of the Township of Elk.
Any person who shall be charged with a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction therefor, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.