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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Allendale Borough, Bergen County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

  1. A swimming pool shall be considered a customary accessory use in residential districts and shall be suitably designed and located so as not to become a nuisance or hazard to adjacent property owners or the public.
  2. A swimming pool shall be constructed behind the front setback line and not closer than 20 feet to either side line or 10 feet to the rear property line or 10 feet to any building or accessory structure. It must also be at least 20 feet from any portion of any sanitary sewage disposal system. Notwithstanding the above, for properties located in either the A or B Zones, the side line restriction shall be reduced from 20 feet to 15 feet.

[Amended 5-22-2008; 10-23-2008]

  1. Surface area of the water must not exceed 50% of the rear yard area. The highest surface-water level shall not be higher than 12 inches above the average rear yard grade, except for aboveground pools.
  2. The pool area shall be completely enclosed with a chain-link fence or secure enclosure, or equal, of durable construction with self-closing gates, of the minimum height required by the Uniform Construction Code. Every gate of such fence shall be kept securely locked at all times when the pool is not in use.
  3. The use of the pool shall be for a single, private family and the owner’s social guests.
  4. The pool must be of permanent-type construction. Uncovered sand or earth bottoms shall not be permitted. This section does not govern nor regulate a portable wading pool; provided, however, that all the parts for such pool are portable and no part of it is permanently installed and that the pool can hold no more than 1,500 gallons of water.
  5. The immediate area surrounding the pool shall be designed to slope away from the pool so that all surface water will drain away from the pool.
  6. Filters shall be located below ground or in an enclosure not to exceed eight feet zero inches in height, suitably screened from adjacent property, and not closer than four feet to a property line.
  7. Provisions shall be made for drainage of the pool and for backwash water disposal. Effluent may be used upon or in lawns, fields, woods or dry wells, provided that the same does not overflow onto property belonging to others. Water emptied into brooks must have a minimum chlorine residual of 0.1 part per million. Permission for the use of storm sewers or sanitary sewers may be obtained from the Borough upon written application and approval, provided that the applicant agrees to regulations and recurring charges established by the Public Works Department.
  8. Water tests. Pool water shall be tested daily for residual chlorine by the orthotolidine test for chlorine and use of color comparator, which has a set of standards for various chlorine residuals. The residual chlorine content shall range from a minimum of 0.2 to 0.6 part per million at any time the pool is in use. The pH of the pool water shall range from neutral 7.0 to slightly alkaline 7.6.
  9. A cross-connection between the pool and public water system shall not be permitted. A fill pipe, if used, must be a minimum of two pipe diameters above the rim of the pool. A fill line is not required, and the pool may be filled with a hose. Any permanent pipe connection must be inspected by the Plumbing Subcode Official and be in compliance with the Uniform Construction Code.
  10. A permit shall be required to fill a pool as provided in § 262-27of Chapter 262, Article II, Water Supply System.
  11. A bathhouse is not required. Any such construction, including screened enclosure, must conform to accessory building construction defined and governed by this chapter and Chapter 100, Building Construction.
  12. Inspection and enforcement as provided for by the terms of this chapter shall be vested in the Subcode Official and the Health Officer of the Board of Health.
  13. No floodlights or lights shall be maintained in such a manner that the source of light is visible from a public street or neighboring property.


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