[R.O. 2006 §515.010; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
It shall be unlawful to construct, maintain, install or enlarge any swimming pool in the City except in compliance with all the provisions of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2006 §515.020; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003; Ord. No. 1797 §I, 8-5-2008]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- PRIVATE POOL
- One that is located in conjunction with a single-family residence.
- PUBLIC POOL
- One that is operated by any public agency or private agency or person offering access to the general public.
- SEMI-PRIVATE POOL
- One that is located in conjunction with a multiple-family housing project, apartment complex, motel or hotel, or is operated for or by a homeowners' association.
- SWIMMING POOL
- A receptacle for water or an artificial pool of water having a depth at any point of more than two (2) feet intended for the purpose of immersion or partial immersion therein of human beings and including all appurtenant equipment. This term shall also include spas and hot tubs.
[R.O. 2006 §515.030; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
No portion of a swimming pool outside a building shall be located at a distance less than eight (8) feet from any side or rear property line or building line. Pumps, filters and pool water disinfecting equipment shall be located at a distance not less than eight (8) feet from any side property line.
[R.O. 2006 §515.040; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
It shall be unlawful to proceed with the construction, installation, enlargement or alteration of any private residential swimming pool and appurtenances within the City unless permits thereafter shall have first been obtained from the Building Commissioner.
[R.O. 2006 §515.050; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
All drawings and plans for the construction, installation, enlargement or alteration of any swimming pool and appurtenances shall first be presented to the Building Commissioner for examination and approval as to proper location and construction.
All private residential swimming pools, appurtenances, water supply and drainage systems shall be constructed in conformity with the approved plans.
[R.O. 2006 §515.060; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003; Ord. No. 1797 §II, 8-5-2008]
New Construction In-Ground Pools. All outdoor swimming pools shall be completely enclosed by a fence. All fence openings or points of entry into pool area enclosure shall be equipped with gates. The fences and gates shall be forty-eight (48) inches in height above the grade level. All gates shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices placed at the top of the gate. Design and construction of fence shall be approved by the Building Commissioner at the time of issuance of building permit.
New Construction Above-Ground Pools. Swimming pools constructed above the ground either totally or partially shall be protected by a fence at least forty-eight (48) inches high if its sidewalls or any part of the surrounding deck area is less than forty-eight (48) inches above grade. Should such a pool be so constructed so as to provide by its design a forty-eight (48) inch barrier above grade at all points on the swimming pool, no fence is needed, but access ladders to said pools shall be so arranged as to not be accessible when pool is not in use. Exception: Approved lock down covers may be permitted in lieu of a barrier/fence for spas or hot tubs.
[R.O. 2006 §515.070; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
No source of water other than that secured from an approved system shall be used in swimming pools.
[R.O. 2006 §515.080; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
The systems supplying recirculated water and makeup water to the pool shall be constructed in conformance with the ordinances regulating plumbing.
[R.O. 2006 §515.090; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
Pools shall be equipped with facilities for completely emptying the pool and the discharge of the pool water shall be at a rate not exceeding two hundred (200) gallons per minute. No direct connection shall be made to the sanitary sewer system. Where practical, the Building Commissioner shall require the disconnection of any existing pools from the sanitary sewer system.
[R.O. 2006 §515.100; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
Equipment shall be provided for the disinfection of all pool water. Any disinfection method using materials other than chlorine compounds shall be subject to the approval of the Building Commissioner. Disinfecting equipment installed for the use of chlorine compounds shall have sufficient capacity to maintain a minimum free chlorine residual of four-tenths (0.4) parts per million. The disinfection shall be introduced into the recirculation system ahead of the filters. Public and semi-private pools shall have a testing kit available for measuring chlorine residual and pH. Public and semi-private pools shall have pH in the range between 7.4 to 7.8.
[R.O. 2006 §515.110; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
All new installations shall conform to Section 500.020 of this code. The Building Commissioner shall inspect the bonding and grounding of all pools prior to any concrete work or backfilling.
[R.O. 2006 §515.120; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003; Ord. No. 1746 §I, 1-15-2008]
Steps And Ladders. Two (2) or more means of egress in the form of steps and ladders shall be provided for all pools having a variable depth. At least one (1) such means of egress shall be located on a side of the pool at both the deep end and shallow end of the pool. One (1) or more means of egress in the form of steps or ladders shall be provided for all pools having a constant depth. Location, design and construction of steps or ladders shall be approved by the Building Commissioner at the time of the issuance of the building permit. Treads of steps and ladders shall be constructed of a non-slip material and be at least three (3) inches wide for their full length. These steps and ladders shall have a handrail on both sides.
[R.O. 2006 §515.140; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
The fee for a permit for the erection or construction of a swimming pool shall be as specified in Section 500.040(C).
[R.O. 2006 §515.150; Ord. No. 1341, 9-16-2003]
Within thirty (30) days from the passage and approval of this Chapter, all existing public or semi-private pools shall comply with Sections 515.060 — 515.130 and all existing private pools shall comply with Sections 515.060, 515.070 and 515.090. Any owner of an existing pool desiring to bring said pool into compliance with the provisions of this Chapter may obtain an inspection by the City Inspector at no charge.