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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Palisades Park, Bergen County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

Article I: General Regulation

261-1Chlorination standards.

All swimming pools, tanks or plunges now or hereafter constructed and maintained in the borough shall be equipped with chlorinating equipment of acceptable capacity and design which will provide in the water, at all times when the pools, tanks or plunges are in use, a residual of excess chlorine of not less than 0.4 part per million or more than 0.6 part per million or an excess residual of chloramine of not less than 0.7 part per million or more than 1.0 part per million. No swimming pool, tank or plunge shall have, when in use, a residual of excess chlorine or chloramine in the water above the maximum or below the minimum above set forth.

261-2Condition of water.

The water in all swimming pools, tanks or plunges shall be kept, at all times, in a sanitary and safe condition for bathing purposes.[1]


Editor’s Note: Former Section 9-1.3, which immediately followed this section and dealt with the analyzing of pool water, was deleted 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226.

 261-3Closing of pools where hazards exist.

Whenever any swimming pool, tank or plunge, by reason of mechanical defect, water impurity or failure to comply with the requirements of this article, is a hazard to the public health, the Health Officer of the borough is hereby authorized to order such pool, tank or plunge to be immediately closed until the same complies with the requirements of this article and until no further hazard to the public health exists.[1]


Editor’s Note: Former Sections 9-1.5 and 9-1.6, which immediately followed this section and dealt with permit requirement and application information, respectively, were deleted 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226.


Whenever, in the judgment of the Building Inspector of the borough, it shall be deemed necessary in the interest of public safety to require a fence to surround any swimming pool, tank or plunge now in existence or hereinafter constructed, the Building Inspector shall notify the owner or operator to erect such a fence. The fence shall be erected of sound materials commonly used for fencing, such as but not limited to chain link, wood picket, stockade, woven wire, woven wood or snow fencing, erected in accordance with standard construction practices. No fence shall be less than four feet in height. Any fence to be erected in excess of four feet in height shall be governed by an ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Controlling and Regulating the Erection of Fences in the Borough of Palisades Park, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey,” contained in Chapter 135, Fences, of the Code of the Borough of Palisades Park.[1]


Editor’s Note: Former Sections 9-1.9 and 9-1.10, which immediately followed this section and dealt with permit fees and inspection of drainage connections, respectively, were deleted 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226.

 Article II: Municipal Pools

261-5Rules and regulations.

There are hereby created and established rules and regulations for the use and operation of the borough swimming pool facilities. Use of the swimming facilities shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the Mayor and Council by ordinance or resolution, which shall be posted at all times upon the bulletin board at the swimming facilities, and a copy thereof shall be filed with the Borough Clerk for public inspection.


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


Each individual’s age on September 15 of each year.


The total park area.


The area of concrete immediately surrounding the pool.


The entire fenced area surrounding the pools and the bathhouse.


The area of the park designated for food consumption.


Persons attending high school or college on a full-time basis.


[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

Types of memberships:


A family membership shall include the husband, wife and unmarried children under age 21 or full-time students residing within the same household.


A married couple membership shall include the husband, wife and children under age two.


An individual membership shall be available to a permanent resident of the borough not a member of a family membership over the age of 15.

[Amended 2-17-1998 by Ord. No. 1291; 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1317]


A head of household membership shall mean a widow, widower or divorced parent and one child.


A senior citizen membership shall be available to permanent residents 62 years of age or older.


A special membership may be granted under unusual circumstances upon the recommendation of the Swimming Pool Commission.


Nonresident memberships. If the pool membership does not reach the quota for good budgetary financing, a member of good standing may sponsor one nonresident family. Applications for this purpose will be available at the Municipal Building.

All memberships are granted subject to the rules and regulations as established by the Mayor and Council by ordinance or resolution. Failure to abide by these rules and regulations may result in revocation or suspension of membership.

261-8Guest policy.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226; 2-17-1998 by Ord. No. 1291; 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1317]

To ensure that our members can enjoy the pool, it is necessary to limit guests. Therefore, each membership shall be entitled to purchase two guest cards per season. Each guest card will be punched once for admission on weekdays and twice for admissions on weekends and holidays. The Swimming Pool Manager shall have the authority to restrict guests whenever facilities, in his judgment, become too crowded.

261-9Fees. [1]


Editor’s Note: The current municipal swimming pool fees, as set and amended from time to time, are on file in the Borough offices.

 261-10Hours of operation.

Prior to the closing of the Palisades Park schools, the hours of operation will be determined by the Pool Manager.

After the closing of the Palisades Park schools and through Labor Day, the hours of operation for general swimming will be as follows:


Open swimming:

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

Day Hours
Monday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Swimming instruction: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The above hours of operation may be changed without notice if, in the reasonable judgment of the Pool Manager or Assistant Manager, it appears necessary or desirable to close the pools.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226; 8-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1306]


The procedure for pool closing resulting from the threat of lightning shall be as follows:


As soon as the Manager, Assistant Manager or employee in charge of the municipal pool hears threatening thunder or sees lightning, he shall immediately evacuate the pool area.


An announcement must be made by the Manager or Assistant Manager informing the guests and the members of the thunder or lightning in the area and advising all guests and members that they have the option to go under the pavilion or exit the complex.


The chief pool officer on duty shall immediately call the nearest weather bureau to determine the forecast.


The pool officer in charge of the pool shall wait 45 minutes after the last threatening thunder or sighted lightning and thereafter reopen the pool. If threatening thunder or sighted lightning occurs after the pool is reopened, the provisions as set forth above will be repeated.


The Manager or Assistant Manager will once again wait another 45 minutes after the last thunder or lightning and again will reopen the pool.


If threatened thunder or sighted lightning occurs after the pool is opened a second time, then another phone call will be made to the weather bureau. If such call to the weather bureau indicates that this threat of lightning will continue, then the supervising pool official may close the pool for the remainder of the day.


Procedure for cloudy or overcast day. On a cloudy or overcast day the pool will remain open and the Manager or Assistant Manager shall remain on the premises until either rain, threatening thunder or sighted lightning occurs, in which event, the Manager or Assistant Manager will follow the procedures as set forth in Subsection C(1).


The snack bar shall remain open at all times the pool is open, including the interim periods of temporary closing during threatening thunder or sighted lightning.

261-11Identification badges.

All members will be issued identification badges, which must be shown for admission to the area.

Identification badges will not be transferable.

Illegal transfer of badges, the giving of false information or the defacing of identification badges will result in revocation or suspension of membership.

A lost identification badge shall be reported to the Pool Manager immediately and can be replaced by a new identification badge, which will be issued upon payment of a fee of $5.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

261-12Pool rules.

All bathers, including babies, shall wear bathing suits (cut-down Levi’s, pants, etc., not included) in the swimming and wading pools.



Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B, requiring women and girls of any age and male persons with unusually long hair to wear bathing caps at all times in the pool, was repealed 2-17-1998 by Ord. No. 1291 and again 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1317.

All persons using the pool shall shower prior to entering the pool, using soap and water.

Any persons having a communicable disease, open blisters or cuts, sore or inflamed eyes, ears, nose or mouth infections, excessive sunburn or any type of skin disease will be excluded from the pool apron area. No person having any type of bandage, cast or Band-Aid shall be permitted in the pool.

No inflatable water paraphernalia shall be allowed within the main and training pool areas. Swim masks shall be permitted on a special permit.

Diving will be permitted in designated areas only.

No one will be allowed in the water unless a lifeguard is present

No swimming will be permitted in diving areas.

Children up to and including six years of age shall be accompanied to the wading pool area by a responsible person, who shall remain in the wading pool area.

Various types of swimming instruction will be made available to members.

261-13General rules

All vehicles shall be parked in designated areas.

Street clothing shall be left in designated areas.

No person shall comb his hair within the pool apron area. Curlers shall not be worn within the pool apron area.

All food and drink must be consumed within the snack bar area only. No eating or drinking is allowed in the playground area. Each member or guest must deposit refuse in proper receptacles and must clean up the area used.

[Amended 2-17-1998 by Ord. No. 1291; 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1317]

Children under 12 years of age will not be admitted to the pool area unless accompanied by a responsible person over the age of 18. The responsible person must stay with the child at all times.

[Amended 2-17-1998 by Ord. No. 1291; 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1317]

Willful destruction of property will result in suspension or revocation of membership.

The pool management will not be responsible for valuables brought into the area.

All litter, paper or debris shall be placed in designated trash receptacles. Violators will be subject to ejection from the pool.

Dress in and out of the pool will be consistent with standards of good taste.

Street shoes will not be permitted within the pool apron area.

261-14General prohibitions.

No glass or metal containers will be permitted within the pool area.

No alcoholic beverages will be permitted in the park or pool area.

No bikes, baby carriages or strollers will be permitted unless parked in designated areas.

No wrestling, running, ball playing or other similar activity will be allowed within the pool apron and parking areas.

No pets or animals will be allowed in the park area.

No honking of horns or loitering will be permitted in the parking area.

No smoking will be permitted at the pool apron.

No spitting, expectoration, spouting of water or other similar action will be allowed in the pool area.

No roughness, rowdiness, profanity or other conduct affecting the safety and comfort of others will be permitted.

261-15Enforcement of rules and regulations.

Regulations shall be posted at the pool and strictly enforced.

The Pool Manager or the Assistant Manager may close or limit the swimming facilities whenever, in his judgment, such action is deemed necessary or desirable for the protection of the health or safety of such persons entitled to use such facilities.

Members of the Police Department of the borough, the Pool Manager and the Assistant Manager and all lifeguards, when on duty at the swimming facilities, shall have the authority to prohibit any action or conduct which they may consider to be dangerous, improper, or immoral or any act or actions in violation of the rules and regulations hereinbefore provided and shall have the power of expulsion or suspension of privileges granted to the holder of a membership card.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

261-16Incorporation of state standards.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

Chapter 9 of the State Sanitary Code, Public Recreational Bathing (N.J.A.C. 8:26), is hereby incorporated into this chapter and becomes a part thereof.[1]


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 315, Sanitary Code.

 261-17Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article may have his membership suspended by any of the aforesaid enforcement authorities.

Any person convicted of a violation of a provision of this article or any supplement thereto shall have his membership revoked or shall be subject to the penalties provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-15.

[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]

Nothing in this article shall limit the right of law enforcement officers to make summary arrests for violations of any other municipal ordinances or state statutes which would result in hearings before the Local Judge.


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