Township of Fairfield, NJ
Essex County
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[1964 Code § 64-1; Ord. No. 97-09 § 1]
As used in this chapter:
Shall mean and include corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms and partnerships, as well as individuals.
Shall mean any pool, tank or plunge designed or arranged to be filled with water to a depth of 24 inches or more, used and maintained for swimming, bathing or wading purposes by an individual for use of his household and guests and located on a lot as an accessory use to a residence, including both artificial and partly artificial pools.
[1964 Code § 64-2; Ord. No. 97-09 § 2; Ord. No. 98-05 § 1]
A private swimming pool, either permanent or portable, shall not be located within 15 feet of any side or rear property line, nor shall any such pool be located closer than 10 feet from the principal structure or any part thereof, nor six feet from another accessory structure in any yard except that area designated for accessory use. In the case of a corner lot, a pool shall not be constructed any closer to the side street line than 45 feet. The measurement shall be made from the property line to the pool water line. No part of any pool including filter or pool decking shall be located within any easement. Hot tubs and spas may be constructed closer than 10 feet to a principal structure.
A swimming pool shall not be constructed or installed on any premises unless a residence building is also located on the same premises.
[Ord. No. 97-09 § 3]
Installation of swimming pools shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the BOCA National Building Code Sec. 421.0 entitled "Swimming Pools" as well as the following additional requirements:
All disturbed areas must be stabilized in accordance with the procedures outlined in the "Standards for Soil Erosion & Sediment Control in New Jersey."
A letter from the hauler/contractor must be submitted, prior to construction, indicating the site of the proposed placement of excess excavated material.
All excavated material found unsuitable for backfill must be removed from the site and disposed of outside the floodplain of any stream, wetland, or surface water in a manner that it does not interfere with positive drainage of the receiving area.
For installations in regulated flood plains no fill (including topsoil and concrete) shall be placed around the swimming pool areas above existing grade.
Spot elevations shall be provided to indicate existing and proposed grade at the pool corners and 15 feet beyond (for in-ground pools only).
All electrical and mechanical controls must be adequately flood proofed to an elevation of one foot above base flood elevation, per N.G.V.D.
A four-foot high temporary fence shall be maintained about the pool throughout the construction period. This fence must be secured at the end of each work day. This fence must be replaced by a permanent fence in order to receive final approval.
[Ord. No. 97-09 § 4]
No swimming pool, including its accessory buildings, shall cover more than 25% of the accessory use area as described in this chapter. The maximum height above grade of any pool shall be five feet.
[Ord. No. 97-09 § 5]
The effluent from the backwash shall be directed by a pipe into a lawn sprinkling system, an adequate dry well or sand filter pit on the same premises on which the pool is located.
If a cartridge-type filter is used, the requirements for the discharge of the backwash effluent will not pertain. The minimum area of a cartridge-type filter for any pool is 100 square feet. Pool water may not be discharged at the curb or upon the surface of any street. The discharge of pool water shall in no case cause or create a nuisance to abutting property or to the public.
Before a pool is emptied, it shall be the owner's responsibility to notify either the Township Engineer or the Township Building Inspector and obtain his approval of the method of disposing of the water.