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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Readington, Hunterdon County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A swimming pool that is not permanently installed and meets all of the following criteria: does not require water filtration, circulation and purification; does not exceed 24 inches in depth; does not exceed a water surface of 250 square feet; and does not require braces or supports. Portable swimming pools are not subject to this chapter.


A swimming pool, other than a portable swimming pool, that is located on a lot principally used for a dwelling unit by one housekeeping unit and including all buildings, structures and equipment appurtenant thereto.

148-58Swimming pools.

No private residential swimming pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a residence building. Pools shall occupy no more than 75% of the rear and/or side yard area(s) in which it is located and shall be located no closer to any lot line than the setback distance specified for accessory structures in Articles IVV and VI as the case may be.

A private residential swimming pool area must be enclosed by a suitable fence at least four feet in height but no more than seven feet in height, with a self-closing and self-latching gate, and all latches and handles shall be a minimum of four feet above the ground or on the inside of the fence or in accordance with BOCA requirements, whichever is more restrictive.

No commercial swimming pool shall be constructed or installed unless approved by the Board as part of a site plan approval. Commercial swimming pools shall be classified into types in accordance with their particular use and shall meet the appropriate design standards as set forth by the National Swimming Pool Institute or BOCA Building Code, whichever is more stringent.

A swimming pool, whether permanent or temporary, shall not be counted as a structure in the F.A.R. but it must adhere to all other requirements for accessory structures.

Please see the Readington Township Swimming Pool Ordinance for additional regulations.

148-52Fences and walls.

Permitted fences shall not require construction permits unless greater than six feet in height. Fences shall be situated on a lot in such a manner that the finished side of the fence shall face adjacent properties. No fence shall be erected of barbed wire, topped with metal spikes, nor constructed of any material or in any manner which may be dangerous to persons or animals, except that these provisions shall not apply to farms, and except further that permitted fences seven feet in height in nonresidential districts may be topped by a barbed wire protective barrier and except further that requirements of state or federal regulations shall prevail.

[Amended 4-21-2014 by Ord. No. 09-2014]

On any lot in any district, no wall or fence shall be erected or altered so that said wall or fence shall be over four feet in height in side and front yards and seven feet in height in rear yards with the following provisions and exceptions:


A dog run may have fencing a maximum of seven feet in height, provided that such area is located in rear yards only and is set back from any lot line the distance required for accessory buildings in the zoning district as stipulated in Articles IVV and/or VI.


A private residential swimming pool area must be surrounded by a fence at least four feet, but no more than seven feet in height. Swimming pool areas shall be located in rear and side yards only. See § 148-58 for additional standards.


A tennis court area, located in rear yards only, may be surrounded by a wire fence a maximum of 15 feet in height; said fence to be set back from any lot line the distance required for accessory buildings in the zoning district as stipulated in Article IV or § 148-51.


No fence, wall or hedge may be placed within 50 feet of any intersection of street right-of-way lines or within any specified sight triangle easement.


Shielding of mechanical equipment adjacent to a residential district shall be provided only by a surrounding masonry wall for sound deadening, whether on the roof or ground. Other mechanical equipment shall be screened from view by a surrounding wall of the same material or class of material as the walls of the main building.


Deer fencing shall not exceed eight feet in height. Deer fences may be located within side and rear yards but may not be located closer to a public street than the front exterior wall of a principal building that is closest to said street. However, where a public street is not improved, a deer fence may be located within the front yard without reference to the location of a principal building.

[Added 4-21-2014 by Ord. No. 09-2014]


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