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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Wood-Ridge, Bergen County

June 13, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


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


Any structure that contains water over 24 inches in depth and which is used, or intended to be used, for swimming or recreational bathing by an individual, for his own use or his family’s use or guests of his household. This includes in-ground, aboveground and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

[Amended 8-8-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-18]


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


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

530-35Swimming pools.

Private residential swimming pools shall adhere to the following standards:

[Amended 8-8-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-18; 9-11-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-10]


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 they are located.


Pools shall occupy no more than the equivalent of 75% of the yard area in which they are located.


No edge of any pool and/or attached decking or platform shall be closer to any lot line than six 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 of 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 neighborhood properties. Underwater lighting shall be in compliance with the applicable National Electrical Code.


In-ground pools shall be completely surrounded by a barrier a minimum of four feet in height. Such areas shall have self-closing and self-latching gates. The objective of this provision is as a health and safety precaution to prevent small children from accidentally entering pools. The barrier shall meet the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code.[1]


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 249, Construction Codes, Uniform.


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 applicable National Electrical Code.[2]


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 249, Construction Codes, Uniform.


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

Water-filtration pumps and/or enclosed water heaters shall be situated no closer than three feet to a side or rear yard property line and shall be suitably landscaped with dense plantings or shielded by opaque wooden fencing to buffer pump noise from adjoining property owners.

[Added 8-18-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-13]

Article I: Commercial Swimming Pools

[Adopted 11-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-001]

586-1Public Recreational Bathing Code adopted.

The Board of Health hereby adopts by reference, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 et seq., the New Jersey State Sanitary Code Public Recreational Bathing Code, also known as N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq.

586-2Copy on file. [1]

Three copies of that code which is being adopted by reference have been placed on file in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Health, Municipal Building, 85 Humboldt Street, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey 07075 and will remain on file at all times for inspection by the public, and copies of said code shall be available to the public upon paying the usual and customary charges in accordance with the regulations and ordinances of the Borough of Wood-Ridge providing for photocopies of specific documents.


Editor’s Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 585, General Provisions, Board of Health, Art. I).

 586-3Permits and license required.

No persons shall locate or relocate, construct and/or reconstruct, alter or operate a commercial swimming pool until the permit or license required by this article has been issued by this Board of Health.

586-4Expiration of license; renewal.

Licenses issued for the operation of a commercial swimming pool shall expire annually on May 1 of each year, and application for renewal thereof shall be submitted, together with the required fee, prior to April 30 of each year.[1]


Editor’s Note: See § 548-2B(4) of this Part III of the Code.

 586-5Denial or suspension of license; hearing.

License and/or permits required by this article or the code may be denied or suspended by this Board of Health for failure to comply with this article or the code. This Board of Health shall afford the person whose permit or license to locate and/or relocate, construct or reconstruct, alter or operate a commercial swimming pool has been denied or suspended an opportunity to be heard in public hearing, and then following this to be informed by the Board, in writing, of its decision.

586-6Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person(s) who violates any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $50 or more than $1,000.


Editor’s Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 585, General Provisions, Board of Health, Art. I).


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