Village of Ridgefield Park, NJ
Bergen County
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It shall be unlawful for any person to construct or install a private swimming pool in the Village without having first obtained a permit therefor in the manner provided in this article, provided that no permit shall be required for the installation or use of a wading pool.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
An application to construct a permanent private swimming pool shall be made in duplicate to the Construction Official and shall be accompanied by duplicate plans and specifications or descriptive brochures showing the manner of construction of the proposed pool, its size, shape, dimensions and capacity, duplicate plot plans showing property lines of the premises upon which the swimming pool is to be constructed or installed, together with all existing houses, structures, accessory buildings and paved areas thereon, abutting streets and properties and the location and horizontal plane dimensions of the proposed swimming pool and its auxiliary structures. The application shall also be accompanied by a description of the method of disinfection, treatment, circulation and disposal of the water to be used.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
Application for a permit to install or use a portable private swimming pool shall be made directly to the Board of Health pursuant to the provisions of the State Sanitary Code.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
The Construction Official shall file the duplicate application for a swimming pool permit and the duplicate set of plans and specifications and accompanying plot plans with the Board of Health prior to the issuance of the permit. The Board of Health shall, if satisfied that such pool will comply with the State Sanitary Code, endorse its approval on the application and notify the Construction Official of such approval.
[Amended 5-28-1985 by Ord. No. 10-85]
At the time of filing an application for a swimming pool permit with the Construction Official, the applicant shall pay a building permit fee in accordance with Chapter 177, Fees, Art. I. Such fee shall be in addition to license fees set forth in this article or in the State Sanitary Code.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
After the approval of an application for a swimming pool permit by the Board of Health, the Construction Official shall, within 30 days after the filing of the application, grant a permit for the construction of the swimming pool or notify the applicant of his denial thereof.
No private swimming pool shall be used or operated until a license for the same is issued by the Board of Health.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
No license shall be issued for a newly constructed permanent private swimming pool unless the applicant shall first have filed with the Board of Health a certificate issued by the Construction Official, certifying that the pool has been constructed or installed in compliance with Part 1 of this chapter.
A license to use or operate a private swimming pool shall be issued by the Board of Health at any time of year upon the payment of the following fees: permanent swimming pools of 20,000 gallons' capacity and over, $20.
All licenses for private swimming pools shall be issued annually for a period terminating on the following December 31.
The location of private permanent swimming pools shall be subject to the following regulations:
A. 
The location at which a private permanent swimming pool may be constructed shall be limited to premises on which a residence building for not in excess of two families is located or on premises appurtenant thereto.
B. 
A private permanent swimming pool shall not be constructed or installed nearer than 10 feet to any side yard line or rear yard line, nor shall any such pool be constructed, erected, installed or maintained in the front yard of any premises.
C. 
In the case of a corner lot, a private permanent swimming pool shall not be constructed, erected, installed or maintained closer to the side street line than the prevailing setback line on that street or the required setback line for front yards as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance of the Village.
D. 
A private permanent swimming pool shall not occupy more than 25% of the rear lot of the premises on which it is erected after having deducted from the total area of such rear lot the area occupied by accessory buildings and paved portions of the premises.
E. 
Every private permanent swimming pool shall be enclosed by a permanent fence, which fence shall be considered a part of the swimming pool installation for the purpose of construing Part 1 of this chapter.
F. 
A private swimming pool shall not be constructed, erected, installed or maintained within 15 feet of any residence building.
All private permanent swimming pools now existing or hereafter constructed, installed, established, altered, erected or used or maintained shall be enclosed by a permanent fence or barrier of durable material of not less than five feet nor more than six feet in height, which fence shall be so constructed as not to have holes or gaps larger than three inches in the smaller dimensions. Such fence shall have no openings except a gate built of the same material as the fence and of the same height as the fence, which gate shall be self-closing and self-latching. Such gate shall be closed and latched at all times except during ingress or egress. Such gate shall be locked with a removable key-type lock when the swimming pool is not in use. The fence or barrier shall be erected no closer than five feet to the interior surface of the respective walls of the swimming pool.
Any access ladders or steps used in connection with above-surface-type portable pools shall be removed when such pools are not in use.
A. 
All private permanent swimming pools shall be provided with one cast-iron discharge pipe not over three inches in diameter or an approved equal drain extending from such pool to a storm sewer; except that, where no storm sewers are located, the pipe shall extend to and be connected into the municipal sanitary sewer. The pipe shall be so connected as to guard against the backing up of water from the sewerage system into the pool.
B. 
Portable swimming pools shall be emptied and discharged so as not to create a nuisance.
A. 
The water in every private swimming pool shall be so maintained as to comply with the physical, chemical and bacteriological standard established by the Board of Health or by the State Department of Health. All pools having a capacity in excess of 5,000 gallons shall be equipped with suitable apparatus for the chlorination and other disinfection and filtering to maintain and restore the required sanitary quality of the water.
B. 
All water used in any private swimming pool shall be obtained from an established source of potable water. There shall be no physical connection between the potable source of water and the swimming pool circulation or filtering systems. Water shall be introduced into the pool for filling purposes by means of a discharge pipe or hose, the orifice of which shall be separated from the highest overflow level of the pool by an air space of at least four inches.
A. 
All materials used in the construction of private swimming pools shall be waterproof and designed and constructed so as to facilitate the emptying and cleaning of such pools and shall be maintained and operated so as to be clean and sanitary at all times. The bottom and sides of the pool shall be a white or light color, but no aluminum paint may be used as a finish. Sand or earth bottoms are prohibited.
B. 
All private permanent swimming pools shall be constructed so as to comply with all applicable provisions of Chapter 8 and the Zoning Ordinance, Sanitary Code and other pertinent ordinances, codes and regulations of the Village.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Chapter 8, Buildings, of the 1965 Code included the Building Code, which was superseded by the adoption of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. See now Ch. 160, Construction Codes, Uniform. As to the Zoning Ordinances, see Ch. 96, Zoning, and Ch. 96A, Development Regulations. As to the Sanitary Code, see the State Sanitary Code.
C. 
Upon completion, each permanent private swimming pool shall be considered as an accessory building on the premises on which it is located.
D. 
No plot of land or premises on which a permanent private swimming pool is located as an accessory building shall be subdivided if the result will be that the pool will be separated from the residence property to which it was originally attached.
No artificial lights shall be installed or used with private swimming pools.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
The owner of any private swimming pool within the Village, whether permanent or portable, shall allow the Construction Official, the Health Officer, Sanitary Officer or other duly authorized person access to the pool and appurtenances for the purpose of inspection to ascertain compliance with Part 1 of this chapter at all reasonable times.