Village of Bellerose, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 6-1977.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Environmental quality review — See Ch. 98.
Zoning — See Ch. 210.
Editor's Note: Pursuant to L.L. No. 1-1976 which established the Code, the provisions of this chapter were originally designated as Ch. 22.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A self-contained fish pond, portable hot tub or spa unit used for recreational purposes and having a maximum capacity of up to 300 gallons. Wading pools or prefabricated units meeting the definitions of "wading pool" and "prefabricated unit" under this section hereof shall not require Board of Appeals approval.
[Amended 3-28-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
Any body of water or receptacle for water having a depth at any point greater than two feet or which, regardless of depth of water, is, in whole or in part, so constructed, installed or maintained so as not to be readily movable or portable or the materials of which have a gross weight in excess of 200 pounds, exclusive of water housed therein, used or intended to be used for bathing or swimming and constructed, installed and maintained in the ground outside a residential building on private property within the limits of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose. No pool shall be constructed within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose so as to be above or partly above and partly in the ground.
Any structure intended for wading, above the ground, having a depth for retaining water of no more than 20 inches and a maximum capacity of 200 gallons.
[Added 3-28-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
Permit required. No swimming pool or prefabricated unit shall be constructed, erected or maintained unless a permit for the same shall have been issued by the Building Inspector. An application for such permit shall be on such form as may be furnished by the Building Department and shall be accompanied by complete plans and specifications of the pool or prefabricated unit, the plan for the disposal of water, the type and location of fencing and survey or map showing the location thereof with respect to the boundary lines of the land of the applicant. Permits may be issued only upon application of the owner of the land or his or her agent duly authorized, in writing. Applications shall be accompanied by a permit fee established by resolution of the Board of Trustees and shall be renewed annually.
[Amended 3-28-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
A plot or parcel of land within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose may be used for a wading pool consistent with the public health, safety and general welfare of the community.
The Board of Zoning Appeals, in considering an application for a swimming pool, shall not grant the issuance of a permit under this provision unless it finds in each case that the proposed use of the plot or parcel of land and the structure to be erected, altered, used or maintained thereon:
Will not adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.
Will be maintained for the use of the applicant, his or her family and guests.
Will not depreciate the value of the property in the area immediately adjoining the land being so used.
Will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood.
The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose, by the enactment of this chapter of the Code of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose, makes an initial determination pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Quality Review Act and the provisions of this Code passed in pursuance thereof, that an environmental impact statement is required with reference to each and every application for permit and permit issued for the erection of a swimming pool within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose. Any application for a permit for the construction of a swimming pool within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose shall not be complete until a draft environmental impact statement shall have been accepted as adequate in scope and in content, pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Quality Review Act and Chapter 98 of the Code of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose passed in pursuance thereof.
In order to safeguard the general safety of the community, particularly the children thereof, and to ensure the public health and welfare of the community generally, the following specific conditions are hereby imposed on all swimming pools. Prior to the submission of any swimming pool application to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the applicant shall first submit to the Building Inspector of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose, in such form as he shall require, plans and other appropriate evidence that the following conditions and those set forth in § 188-6 of this chapter will be met by the proposed installation. If the Building Inspector shall find that the application does not meet the said conditions, the applicant may appeal from such finding to the Board of Zoning Appeals for its appellate consideration. The Board of Zoning Appeals shall not consider any application for a swimming pool permit under § 188-3 until the Building Inspector shall have approved the application in accordance with the criteria of this section and of § 188-6, unless the Board of Zoning Appeals, in its appellate jurisdiction, shall overrule the Building Inspector or shall have granted such variance as it shall deem proper and lawful.
Any electric wiring for lighting or other use, other than for lighting which is part of and enclosed in the pool structure, shall not be closer than 15 feet to said pool.
Said pool shall be located not closer than 20 feet to any dry well (excluding roof leader dry wells) on the owner's or adjacent property.
All installations of pools, as herein defined, shall be subject to any and all ordinances, rules and regulations now or hereinafter enacted by the Nassau County Department of Health or by the Health Department of the State of New York. Such pool shall be chemically treated in a manner sufficient to maintain the bacterial standards established by the provisions of the New York State Sanitary Code relating to public swimming pools.
Any water from a public water supply shall be introduced into a swimming pool of permanent construction by means of a permanent rigid system of piping, having an air-gap delivery connection of not less than six inches vertically above the flood rim of the pool and shall in every manner conform to Regulation 6 of Chapter VI of the New York State Sanitary Code.
No swimming pool shall have a water capacity in excess of 6,500 gallons without a recirculating and filtering system of sufficient capacity to meet good public health and engineering practice.
No swimming pool shall be installed and/or used in a front or side yard of any residential premises.
Loudspeaker devices shall be prohibited, nor shall any lighting be installed in connection therewith which shall throw any rays beyond such property lines.
Such pool shall not occupy more than 25% of the area of the rear yard.
A permit, when issued, may also have endorsed thereon any such reasonable rules and regulations for the operation, maintenance and use of such pool as may be promulgated by the Board of Trustees.
A plot or parcel of land may be used for and there may be built upon said plot or parcel of land a swimming pool, as a special exception, only when permitted by the Board of Zoning Appeals after a public hearing and subject to all of the following:
A fence, five feet in height, unless a different height shall be directed by the Board of Zoning Appeals, and of the chain link type shall be erected, completely enclosing the pool. There shall be one opening through said fence, and this shall be by a gate or door, of the same materials as the fence, equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device designed to keep and capable of keeping such door or gate closed at all times and locked when the owner or occupant of the premises is not present at such swimming pool. No adornment or screening of any kind or nature shall be permitted on said fence.
No part of any pool shall be located within 20 feet of any property line or within 20 feet of any residence building or appurtenant structure.
The fence referred to in Subsection A above shall be erected at least five feet from the edge of the pool. Said fence shall be at least 15 feet from any property line unless the Board of Zoning Appeals shall otherwise direct. The residence on the property shall be permitted to be one side of such fence. The term "edge of the pool," or "pool," as used in this section, shall mean the outside of the vertical walls of said pool or the outside edge of any coping around the walls of the pool.
A walkway of at least four feet in width shall be built on all sides of the pool.
Water drained from said pool shall be completely drained on the property where said pool is located and into a separate dry well, which shall not serve any other drainage purpose.
Any dry well used for the disposal of wastewater from said pool shall have a capacity of at least twice the amount of water discharged during one normal backwash operation but shall in no case have less than a ten-foot vertical sidewall and an eight-foot diameter. No wastewater, other than from the pool, shall discharge into such dry well, and no wastewater from any pool shall discharge into a septic tank, cesspool or other sewage disposal system.
Every application for a permit for a swimming pool of permanent construction shall be accompanied by plans in duplicate in sufficient detail to show:
Location and size of the plot.
Location of all structures and improvements on the plot.
Location of the site in relation to adjacent properties.
Location of all cesspools and dry wells within 50 feet of the pool or pool dry well.
Size of pool, including dimensions, design and elevation thereof, drainage, sewerage, sanitary facilities, safety walkway around pool, fences and location thereof in relation to said pool and property lines.
Location of all electrical wiring and lines.
Computation showing percentage of land usages.
Breakdown of estimated cost.
All heaters and filters used in or connected with the operation of the pool shall be located and placed immediately adjacent to the residence of the applicant or not closer than 35 feet from any and all other residences.
Structural plans for said pool and its fixtures, equipment and appurtenances shall be submitted as part of the application. The plans must be prepared and signed by a registered architect or shall be accompanied by a certification of the same, in writing, by a professional engineer licensed by the State of New York, to the effect that he has personally examined the plans and the site; that the plans and specifications are sound and adequate; and that the drainage of said pool is adequate and will not interfere with the public water supply system, with existing sanitary facilities or with the public highways.
There shall be submitted with every application a statement, in writing, by the applicant, in substantially the following language: "(I) (We) consent to the provisions of Chapter 188 of the Code of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and agree to permit the application of same at all times." In addition thereto, the applicant shall agree, in writing, that any swimming pool located on his or her property shall not be used prior to 8:00 a.m. nor after 10:00 p.m. on any day and that any lighting appurtenant to such pool shall be extinguished before or at 10:00 p.m. on each day.
Every pool shall be constructed in such manner so as to permit the pool to be securely covered during such time as the use of said pool has been seasonally discontinued. The covering of such pool shall be by a cloth or other substance of sufficient strength to prevent the same from tearing or ripping when a weight of not more than 200 pounds is placed on any part thereof.
No change in the location of the pool or any of its equipment, fixtures or appurtenances, as shown on the application as granted, shall be made without the express written consent and approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals after a public hearing held thereon.
Not later than one year after the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the swimming pool and yearly thereafter, the owner or occupant of any parcel of property on which said pool is located shall make application for a permit for the continued use of such pool. Such application shall be made on forms to be approved by the Board of Trustees and obtained from the Village Clerk and shall contain such information as may be requested thereby, and every such application, in addition to other required information, shall state under oath that:
No change has been made in the structure, equipment or appurtenances of the said pool except such as were specifically permitted by a written resolution of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The said pool has been used only in accordance with the resolution of the Board of Zoning Appeals granting the special exception therefor.
The said pool and all of its equipment and appurtenances are structurally sound and in safe operating condition and meet the requirements of any and all governmental agencies, laws, rules and regulations affecting or pertaining to the maintenance, use and operation thereof.
In the event that, due to the topographical condition of the rear yard, it shall be impossible to construct any pool therein, the Board of Zoning Appeals shall have the power to permit not more than 25% of the pool area to be located in the side yard; subject, however, to all of the other restrictions and conditions contained in this or any other chapter and subject to such other conditions as the Board of Zoning Appeals may impose. Whenever any parcel of land shall have frontage on more than one street, all portions of the yard fronting on any such street shall be considered to be front yard.
No such pool shall be used or operated without such permit having been issued, and each such permit shall be for one year beginning June 1. At any time after the issuance of such permit the Building Inspector may cause an inspection to be made of the said pool, its fixtures, equipment and appurtenances, including the fence and pool cover, and if, as a result of such inspection, it shall appear that any matter set forth in the application is untrue or if he shall find any unsafe or unhealthy condition in or connected with such swimming pool, he shall cause written notice to be mailed to the owner or occupant of said property setting forth the findings of his inspection, together with a notice that if the matters complained of are not corrected or complied with within 10 days from the date of mailing, then the permit will be canceled.
Any pool which shall at any time be constructed, used or maintained contrary to the provisions hereof or in violation of any provision of this chapter or condition hereof shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 against the owner and/or occupant of the property, and each day that the pool is used or maintained in violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense, and, in addition thereto, each such owner and/or occupant is declared to be a disorderly person.
Bond. A surety bond in the sum of $500 shall be posted by each applicant to guarantee the reimbursement to the village for any damages sustained to its highways or other property arising out of the construction of such swimming pool.
[Amended 3-28-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
In addition to the requirements of § 188-1, definitions of "prefabricated unit" and "wading pool," and § 188-2A herein:
Water drained must be drained into a sanitary sewer line originating on the premises or into an approved drywell installed upon the grounds.
Prefabricated units equipped with electrically operated filters and/or lights must use electricity provided from a GFI-protected outlet which is connected directly to the circuit breaker or fuse panel at the premises by a licensed electrician. No portable lights or underwater lights are permitted, except in prefabricated units where the lighting is factory installed. Wading pools shall not be equipped with a filter or lights.
No such pool or unit shall be located closer than 10 feet to any lot line.
A wading pool shall be emptied each day, no later than 9:00 p.m.
[Added 5-23-2011 by L.L. No. 6-2011]
The Building Inspector is hereby charged with the duty of enforcing this chapter, and it is hereby specifically provided that the Building Inspector shall have the authority to enter upon any private premises in the Incorporated Village of Bellerose for the purpose of determining whether or not the provisions and requirements of this chapter have been complied with in the construction or maintenance of any swimming pool or wading pool.
[Added 3-28-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
Any person violating a provision hereof shall be subject to a fine of $250 for the first offense and up to a fine of $1,000 for subsequent violations.