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

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


Those pools which are not otherwise permanently installed, do not require water filtration, circulation and purification, do not exceed two feet of water depth and do not exceed a water surface area of 80 square feet. Portable swimming pools shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter.


Includes artificially constructed swimming pools or tanks, plastic or otherwise, permanently established or maintained upon any premises by any individual for his own or his family’s use or use of guests of his household.


Includes either outdoor or indoor pools which are artificially constructed to provide recreational facilities for swimming, bathing or wading.

365-49Swimming pools.

Permanent private residential swimming pools shall adhere to the following standards:


No pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot shall contain a residence building. All pools shall conform to the front yard requirements for the principal building in the district in which it is located.


A pool shall occupy no more than the equivalent of 65% of the yard area in which it is located.


No edge of any pool shall be closer to any lot line than five feet.


In the case of a corner lot, a permanent private swimming pool shall not be constructed, erected, installed or maintained closer to the side street line than the prevailing setback line on the street.


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 direct 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 current Electrical Code.


The pool shall be completely surrounded by fencing a minimum of four feet in height. The objective of this provision is as a health and safety precaution to prevent small children from accidentally entering pools. The fencing should be of a durable and stable quality and of sufficient material and construction to fulfill this purpose. Such fenced areas shall also have self-latching gates or other means of access which can be locked when not in use.


No public amplifying system shall be used with a private residential swimming pool.

Public swimming pools or club pools intended for open use of the public or to club members shall adhere to the following standards:


Pools shall be located within a lot area of a minimum of two acres. Within such area may also be located clubhouses, locker rooms, open space, terraces, recreational uses, refreshment stands, cabanas and similar associated uses.


The pool shall occupy no more than 8% of the lot area. The area shall include total water surface, including separate wading pools, swimming tanks and diving tanks.


No edge of any pool or separate swimming tank shall be closer to any property line than 50 feet.


The pool shall be enclosed with a fence or, in lieu thereof, located on a terrace or landscaped or surrounded by structures or any combination of the above or similar techniques in order to control access to the immediate pool area.


The pool shall be lighted both internally and externally, but in no case shall any light be directed in a direct or indirect fashion upon any adjacent property. All freestanding standards used for exterior lighting shall not exceed 15 feet in height and shall be no closer than 10 feet to the edge of any pool. All lighting shall be in compliance with the current Electrical Code.


All pools shall be constructed below the surface of the ground, except that nothing shall prohibit pool areas from being terraced on hillside locations.


All pools shall be landscaped to effectively screen the view of the pool from neighboring properties.


All loudspeakers or public address systems shall be located in the immediate area of the pool and be directed so that the speakers are not directly aimed at any adjacent residential buildings.


One off-street parking space shall be provided for every 30 square feet of water surface. Such parking facilities may be included with other parking areas associated with clubhouses, other recreational uses and similar uses as part of a total site plan.

All pools referred to in Subsections A and B of this section shall have all the areas surrounding the pool made and kept neat and attractive so as to be in conformity with surrounding property, and no rubbish, debris or litter shall be permitted to remain or accumulate in or about the pool.


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