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Definition:
Swimming Pool means and includes any private or public swimming pool, tank, hot tub, or other device that is artificially constructed, other than impoundments, to provide outdoor recreational facilities for swimming, bathing, or wading, whether of permanent construction or portable in nature, upon any premises, for the use of the occupants of said premises and their guests or the general public, which has a depth at any point in excess of twenty-four (24) inches or a capacity of three hundred (300) gallons or more, and whether said pool be below ground level, above ground level, or partly above and partly below ground level.

Location:
No portion of a swimming pool, pumping equipment, filters, pool water disinfection equipment, installations or other related swimming pool accessory equipment shall be closer to the property lines of the subject lot than four (4) feet. However, no swimming pool shall be placed in the front yard of any lot containing less than three (3) acres.

Approval before use:
No swimming pool constructed, installed, relocated or reconstructed, shall have any water put into it or be put into use until the Building Official or other person charged with enforcement, shall have inspected and approved the same, by appropriate endorsement on a certificate of compliance.

Water Supply:
There shall be no physical connection between a potable water supply below the maximum water level of the pool, or to a re-circulating or heating system of a pool, unless such physical connection is so installed and operated that no pool water can be discharged or siphoned into a potable water supply system.

Requirements:
Every swimming pool hereafter constructed or installed shall be completely enclosed by a fence or wall of durable construction. Swimming pool fences or walls shall be designed to inhibit climbing by offering no hand holds or toe holds, and they shall have no horizontal exterior parts. Construction may allow vertical openings no more than 1 3/4 inches wide for a fence that is four (4) feet in height, but no horizontal openings.

All fences or walls enclosing pools shall be constructed to deny access beneath or through them other than by use of gates or doors.

The fence or wall, including all gates and doors, shall not be less than four (4) feet in height as measured at points on the perimeter. All gates and doors opening through a swimming pool fence or wall shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices designed to keep the gates and doors securely closed and latched when not in use and must swing out away from the interior of the pool area.

If a gate or door providing access to a pool area is greater than four (4) feet in height, the latch must be installed at least four (4) feet above the ground. If the gate or door is four (4) feet in height, the latch can be no lower than six (6) inches from the top of the gate or door.

No portion of a fence or wall shall be installed less than three (3) feet from the nearest point of the water in the pool. A residence or other permanent building may form part of a required fence or wall, provided it is at least four (4) feet in height and offers no less of a barrier than the fence or wall itself.

Drainage from the pool shall be conveyed to the nearest storm drain system or street curb so as to prevent the drainage from crossing another person's property or creating a nuisance to neighboring properties.

Permit Requirements:
A building permit shall be required for the construction of the pool and must be accompanied by an application for a permit to construct the required fence or wall.

The information contained herein is not all inclusive. For further information, contact: the Building Department, (770) 487-8901