Town of Rotterdam, NY
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Chapter 270. Zoning

Article XXVII. Swimming Pools

§ 270-217. Fencing.

Pool to be inaccessible to children. Every person owning or leasing land on which there is situated an in-ground swimming pool containing 18 inches or more in depth at any point shall erect and maintain thereon an adequate enclosure, either surrounding the property or pool area, sufficient to make such body of water inaccessible from the outside to small children.
Pools shall be protected by a fence, wall, building, enclosure or solid wall of durable material, of which the pool itself may be constructed, or any combination thereof. Artificial barriers shall be constructed so as to afford no external handholds or footholds, of materials that are impenetrable by toddlers, at least four feet in height so that a small child cannot grasp its top by jumping or reaching and equipped with a self-closing and positive self-latching closure mechanism at a height above the reach of small children, and provided with hardware for permanent locking.