[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Bridgewater 9-16-1974 by Ord. No. 74-23. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Word usage. For the purposes of this chapter, all words used in the present tense include the future tense; all words in the plural number include the singular number; and all words in the singular number include the plural number, unless the natural construction of the word indicates otherwise.
Definitions. Certain words and terms used in this chapter are to be interpreted as defined below:
- A structure of rails, stakes, strung wire, etc., erected as an enclosure, barrier or boundary along the limits of a yard or field or structure.
- SELF-CLOSING GATE
- A movable barrier commonly swinging on hinges that closes automatically a passage through a wall, fence or barrier.
- SELF-LATCHING GATE
- A movable barrier commonly swinging on hinges that closes and fastens by use of a movable bar or other similar type fastening device automatically.
- SWIMMING POOL
- An outdoor tank or receptacle built of concrete, plastic or other material, designed for swimming, usually of a rectangular or circled shape. In addition to its common dictionary definition and usage, it shall include any and all existing or future man-made ponds which can be filled with water or which are filled with water to a depth of 18 inches or more.
Except as hereinafter provided, the following general requirements shall apply:
No owner of land in this Township shall construct, maintain or use and no such owner shall suffer or permit construction, maintenance or use of an unfenced swimming pool.
No lessee and no tenant or other occupier of land in this Township shall construct, maintain or use and no such lessee, tenant or other occupier shall suffer or permit the construction, maintenance or use of an unfenced swimming pool.
For the purposes of this chapter, a swimming pool shall not be considered an unfenced swimming pool so long as it is completely surrounded by any of the following materials and/or combination of materials having an outside height of at least four feet and gates of equal height equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices, maintained in good working order, which fencing and gates are designed to restrict access to the area surrounded:
A solid board fence.
A picket fence with a four-inch-maximum space or interval between the pickets or vertical boards which form the fence.
A brick, concrete, masonry, cinder block or cement block fence.
A chain link fence.
Any vertical portion of a building having no unprotected openings.
Any type of vertical wall, fence or other structure which presents a reasonably smooth outside surface.
The outside wall of a raised pool or a pool built above or extending above the surface of the ground where the outside wall is vertical or nearly vertical and extends at least four feet above the ground at all points along its perimeter and where access from the surrounding ground to the pool is guarded by wing fences and a gate at least four feet in height, equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices.
Any type of vertical or horizontal barrier, pool cover or guard not hereinabove described that shall be approved by the Building Committee.
All latching devices shall be located either on the pool side of the gate or, if on the outside, at least five feet above ground level and shall be maintained in good working order.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to tamper with or render inoperative any self-closing or self-latching device on a swimming pool gate.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to place or leave unattended any ladder or climbing device against any swimming pool fence, wall or barrier.
[Amended 10-3-1977 by Ord. No. 77-37]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter and who shall fail to comply with any violation notice shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues beyond the date specified in the violation notice shall constitute a separate offense.