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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Haddon Heights, Camden County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

407-1Legislative declaration.

It is determined and declared that the use of family or private swimming pools in the Borough of Haddon Heights without appropriate precautionary safety measures constitutes a hazard to the safety of the residents of this Borough, particularly children.


As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:


The Borough of Haddon Heights.


An individual, firm, partnership or corporation.


The replacement, alteration of or addition to an existing swimming pool, but not including equipment.


Any private swimming pool, tank or other device which is artificially constructed 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, which has a depth at any point in excess of 15 inches or a capacity of 300 gallons or more, and whether said pool be below ground level, above ground level or partly above and partly below ground level.

407-3Permit required; fee; application; referral; issuance.

It shall be unlawful for any person to hereafter construct, install, relocate or reconstruct, or permit the construction, installation, relocation or reconstruction of, a swimming pool on any premises owned by him or in his possession or control, without having first obtained a permit therefor as provided herein; provided, however, that the words “install,” “reconstruct,” “installation” and “reconstruction” shall not be construed to mean the reassembling of a pool for which a permit has been issued nor the reassembling of a pool which qualifies as an existing pool under § 407-10, and no permit shall be required for such reassembling.

Application for such permit shall be made in writing, in duplicate, to the Borough Clerk, accompanied by:


A permit fee as provided in Chapter 213, Fees.

[Amended 2-25-1975 by Ord. No. 485]


A description of the size and type of the pool in question.


Two copies of a plot plan of the premises, showing the exact location of the proposed pool, all proposed accessory buildings, equipment and fences or enclosures and all other buildings or structures on the premises.

The Borough will not pass on the structural features or durability of the swimming pool.

The Borough Clerk shall refer said application and one set of the accompanying plans, specifications and plot plan to the Building Inspector, who shall determine whether the pool as proposed will comply with the provisions hereof and with the provisions of any other applicable Borough and Board of Health ordinances and codes. Thereupon and upon such compliance, the Building Inspector shall approve the issuance of the permit and the Borough Clerk shall issue it. The permit fee shall not be refundable in the event that the permit is denied.

407-4Enforcement; inspections.

The Building Inspector or such other person as may be designated from time to time by resolution of Borough Council shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and, to that end, shall make periodic inspections of all swimming pools.

407-5Approval before use.

No swimming pool constructed, installed, relocated or reconstructed pursuant to a permit obtained hereunder shall have any water put into it or be put in use until the Building Inspector or other person charged with enforcement hereof shall have inspected and approved the same, by appropriate endorsement on such permit, as complying herewith.


The location of a swimming pool shall be in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 450, Zoning and Land Development.

407-7Water supply.

There shall be no physical connection between a pool and a potable water supply below the maximum water level of the pool, nor to a recirculating 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.


[Amended 5-10-1977 by Ord. No. 519[1]]

Every swimming pool hereafter constructed or installed shall be completely enclosed by a fence or wall of durable construction having at least one gate or door of equally durable construction. All gates and doors opening through such enclosure shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices at least three feet above ground level, so designed as to keep such gates and doors securely closed when not in use. The fence or wall shall be so constructed as to prevent any person from gaining access beneath or through such fence or wall except by a gate or door as described above. All such gates and doors shall be kept closed at all times except when open for the purpose of ingress and egress. No portion of the fence or wall shall be installed less than three feet from the nearest point of the water in the pool. A residence or other permanent building may form part of the fence or wall.


Editor’s Note: This ordinance provided for the rescission of the provisions of this chapter inconsistent with said Ord. No. 519. See § 45096, Fences and walls, for the current provisions on the height of fences around swimming pools.

 407-9Inspection of pools.

The owner or other person in possession of any swimming pool shall allow any person charged with the enforcement hereof or any representative of the Haddon Heights Board of Health to inspect the same at reasonable times.

407-10Existing pools.

Within 60 days after passage hereof:



Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A, which stated that all existing swimming pools shall be registered with the Borough Clerk, was repealed 8-21-1990 by Ord. No. 863.

All such pools shall be fenced in the manner prescribed by § 407-8; provided, however, that such fence shall not be required if there is a platform at least two feet in width completely around the pool and the outside edge of such platform is at least 3 1/2 feet from every point of the ground and the usual means of access is either securely fenced or otherwise so constructed as to be equally secure.


All swimming pools hereafter constructed, installed, relocated or reconstructed shall be so situated that normal surface water will drain away from the pool. No drain of a swimming pool shall be connected with or permitted to drain into the sanitary sewer system; nor shall any such pool be physically connected with any storm drain system, but such latter system shall be used, wherever feasible, to receive the drainage.


All existing and hereafter constructed, installed, relocated or reconstructed swimming pools shall be maintained and operated in such manner as to be clean and sanitary at all times.

407-13Noise and lights.

Existing swimming pools and those reconstructed, relocated or installed or hereafter constructed shall be so maintained and operated as to not cause annoyance to persons off the premises in question. Artificial lighting used in connection with any such pools shall be so located as to not be an annoyance to such persons.

407-14Construction permit.

A permit issued hereunder shall be in lieu of a building permit, but the Building Code of the Borough of Haddon Heights shall be otherwise applicable to the extent that it would be appropriate.[1]


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 175, Construction Codes, Uniform.

 407-15Relation to other ordinances.

This chapter shall not be construed as to nullify the regulations of the Haddon Heights Board of Health or the provisions of any other Haddon Heights code or ordinance, except as expressly or by necessary implication modified hereby.


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