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Swimmming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Borough of Wrightstown, Burlington County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


Portable pools shall not be subject to the requirements of Article V and are those pools which are not otherwise permanently installed; do not require water filtration, circulation and purification; do not exceed 18 inches in depth; do not exceed a water surface area of 100 square feet; and do not require braces or supports.


Artificially constructed pools, whether located above or below the ground, having a depth of more than 18 inches and/or a water surface of 100 square feet or more; designed and maintained for swimming and bathing purposes by an individual for use by members of his household and guests, and which is located on a lot as an accessory use and shall include all buildings, structures, equipment and appurtenances thereto.

219-43Swimming pools.

No private residential swimming pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a residence building. Pools shall be located in rear yard areas only and shall meet the setback distances for accessory buildings for each particular zoning district except that in no case may a swimming pool be located closer than five feet to any lot line.

A swimming pool shall occupy no more than 75% of the rear yard area in which it is located.

A private residential swimming pool area must be surrounded by a suitable fence with a self-latching gate at least four feet, but no more than six feet, in height, and said fence shall be set back from any lot line at least five feet if the fence exceeds five feet in height.

In accordance with the requirements of the most current edition of the BOCA National Building Code, an outdoor private swimming pool, including an in-ground, aboveground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa, shall be provided with a barrier (i.e., a fence, a wall, a building wall or a combination thereof which completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs access to the swimming pool).


For more information on New Jersey pool fencing laws and regulations, or if you are interested in what designs work best around your pool, visit Carl’s at or call 732-504-3372.

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