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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Mount Ephraim, Camden County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

525-31Swimming pools.

Private permanent residential swimming pools above or below ground shall adhere to the following standards:

No pool or wading pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless said lot shall contain a residential structure and/or residence building. Swimming pools and any accessory building thereto may be located in any such yard but shall be constructed only in the rear yard and shall be at least 10 feet from the rear property line. No swimming pool shall be erected or placed nearer to a street property line or nearer to a side property line than would be allowed for buildings in the respective zoning districts as set forth in this chapter.

[Amended 9-1-2016 by Ord. No. 12-16]

The pool shall occupy no more than the equivalent of 75% of the yard area in which it is located.

The pool may be lighted by underwater or exterior lights, or both, provided that all exterior lights are located so that the light is neither directed nor reflected upon adjacent properties in such a manner as to be a nuisance or an annoyance to neighboring properties. Underwater lighting shall be in compliance with the applicable National Electrical Code.

Any pool shall be completely surrounded by fencing between four feet and six feet in height, which requirement in accordance with this chapter may require greater setbacks in order to comply with this chapter.

[Amended 8-7-1973]

All pools shall have all the areas surrounding the pool made and kept neat and attractive, and no rubbish, debris or litter shall be permitted to remain or accumulate in or about the pool.


Portable pools shall not be subject to the requirements of § 525-31 and are those pools which are not otherwise permanently installed; do not require water filtration, circulation and purification; do not exceed two feet in depth; do not exceed a water surface area of 80 square feet; and do not require braces or supports.



Artificially constructed swimming pools or tanks, plastic or otherwise, permanently established or maintained upon any premises by an individual for his own or his family’s use or guests of his household as an accessory use to a residence. “Pools” shall include all buildings, structures, equipment and appurtenances thereto.



Either outdoor or indoor pools which are artificially constructed to provide recreational facilities for swimming, diving or wading.



Artificially constructed pools not designed or used for swimming and having maximum water depth of two feet.


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