Town of Bridgeville, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Bridgeville 4-12-2004 by Ord. No. A04-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fences — See Ch. 132.
Sewers — See Ch. 190.
Water — See Ch. 228.
Land use and development — See Ch. 234.
No owner of land shall permit a swimming pool, or similar body of standing water intended for recreational use to be constructed or maintained in violation of this chapter. Any swimming pool that is not fenced in accordance with § 205-5 of this chapter at the time of adoption of this chapter must be in compliance within two months of passage of this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SWIMMING POOL
A water-filled enclosure, permanently constructed or portable, having a depth of more than 18 inches below the level of the surrounding land, or an above-surface enclosure having a depth of more than 30 inches that is designed, used, and maintained for swimming and bathing.
[Amended 4-11-2005 by Ord. No. A05-4; 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. A08-8]
Private swimming pools shall:
A. 
Be located on a lot on which there is situated a dwelling.
B. 
Be located so that the distance from the water's edge to the rear lot line is 25 feet and so that the distance from the water's edge to the side lot line is 10 feet.
[Amended 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. A08-8]
C. 
Not be located within a front yard area, as defined in Chapter 234.
Swimming pools to which the general public of the Town of Bridgeville, or residents of a particular community or subdivision, or members of a club or community organization, have access shall be approved by the Town Commissioners.
A. 
All swimming pools, as defined herein, shall be enclosed by a fence, at least four feet in height, and constructed of a material difficult for a person or child to pass through, such as wood stockade or chain link.
B. 
The gate or gates in the fence shall be self-latching.
C. 
All fences shall be located at least three feet from the edge of the swimming pool in order to allow easy egress from the pool.
D. 
All other requirement pertaining to fences in this Code apply in addition to those contained within this chapter.
Water from the swimming pools shall not be drained into the ground. If the owner of a swimming pool wishes to drain the pool into the Town's sanitary sewer or into the storm sewer, he or she must first advise the Public Works Department of the Town. The Public Works Department may set certain conditions on the time and method of draining. A chemical analysis to determine whether the water to be drained would be harmful to the treatment facility or aquatic life must be performed by a certified laboratory at the owner's expense. The Public Works Department may assess a fee if the water is to be deposited into the sanitary sewer. The fee shall be based upon the fees charged for other sewage and must be paid in advance.
[Added 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. A08-8]
A. 
Pool meters are available at the Town Office for Town residents to use when filling a swimming pool. Residents who use the pool meter will benefit from not having to pay sewer fees on the amount of water that flows through the pool meter.
B. 
Pool meters may be used once a year for a period of one week. Each pool meter user shall sign a user agreement prior to the Town's issuance of the pool meter. There is no rental charge to use the meter.
[Added 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. A08-8]
A. 
The owner of such land where a swimming pool will be used and maintained shall apply for and have approved a building permit from the Building Official of the Town of Bridgeville, prior to commencement of construction. Approval of such permit does not imply any liability on the part of the Town of Bridgeville, in the case of any future liability, criminal, or any other form of legal dispute that may arise.
B. 
Inflatable pools do not require a building permit but must meet all requirements set forth in this chapter.
[Added 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. A08-8; amended 4-9-2012 by Ord. No. A12-2; 2-11-2013 by Ord. No. A13-2]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall pay such fines as set out in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties.