[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Providence 7-12-1976 by Ord. No. 201. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be the specific intent and purpose of the Board of Supervisors of Lower Providence Township to regulate the construction, alteration or modification of existing swimming pools within the township, to require the submission of plans for such facilities and to require permits before construction, installation or placement of said facilities and to further require a certificate of compliance thereafter, demonstrating that said facilities are enclosed or otherwise protected and secured.
Definitions. The following words, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:
- Any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation, whether profit or nonprofit.
- SWIMMING POOL
- Any artificial excavation or enclosure, whether within the ground or aboveground, intended or utilized for the storage of water for bathing, swimming or other purposes, which said structure, excavation or enclosure exceeds two feet in depth or height.
Usage. The singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
Any person desiring to construct, add to, modify or operate any swimming pool shall, in addition to any other permits required by law, first secure a permit from the Township Swimming Pool Inspector.
Permits shall be obtained in the following manner. The applicant shall submit to the Township Swimming Pool Inspector, which Inspector shall be appointed by the Township Supervisors, such plans, drawings, specifications, maps or other data as may be required by him, which shall satisfactorily indicate the location, specific dimensions, area, depth, method of fencing and latching and method and manner of the emptying of the pool. After investigation the Township Swimming Pool Inspector shall issue a permit if the Township Swimming Pool Inspector has determined that such application is not contrary or dangerous to the public health and welfare or in violation of this chapter. Such permit shall indicate the approved method of drainage. A fee shall be collected in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors or as such schedule may be amended by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Before said swimming pool is filled with water, the Township Swimming Pool Inspector shall make a final inspection and issue a compliance certificate.
The location of any outdoor facility as herein referred to shall be subject to a minimum clearance of 15 feet from any cesspool or subsurface sanitary sewer system and 10 feet from any property line; provided, however, that if said facility is located aboveground, then said facility shall not be subject to a minimum clearance from a cesspool or subsurface sanitary sewer system.
Every swimming pool shall be entirely surrounded by a substantial wire mesh fence or its equivalent, of a nonremovable type, not less than four feet in height, equipped with a gate and operating lock.
Said fence shall be located no closer than five feet from the edge of said pool, if erected at grade level, unless hereinafter provided.
On all aboveground pools equipped with decks or platforms, said fence may be installed on the edge of the decks or platforms so long as it completely surrounds said pool.
Within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter, all persons who presently maintain a swimming pool within the Township of Lower Providence shall bring said structure, excavation or enclosure into compliance with the terms of this chapter and shall notify the Swimming Pool Inspector to issue a compliance certificate after inspection.
[Amended 3-14-1983 by Ord. No. 295]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than $300, plus costs of prosecution; provided, however, that each day's violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.
This chapter shall become effective five days after adoption as required by law and shall apply to all newly constructed swimming pools completed thereafter. No swimming pool in the course of construction on the effective date or hereafter built shall be filled wholly or in part until the chapter is complied with.