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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements City of Rahway, Union County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A water-filled enclosure, permanently constructed or portable, having a depth of more than 18 inches below the level of the surrounding land, or an above-surface pool, having a depth of more than 30 inches, designed, used and maintained for swimming and bathing.


A swimming pool located as an accessory use on the same lot as the principal use it serves, is utilized only by the owner or tenants or his or their nonpaying guests and is not operated for profit.


A swimming pool open to the general public or open to members only of a club or organization, whether operated for profit or not.

Private swimming pools.


Private in-ground and portable swimming pools accessory to a residential use shall be erected on the same zone lot as the principal structure. The pool may be erected in the side or rear yard of the zone lot. The wall of the swimming pool shall be located no closer than five feet to a side or rear yard line. All such pools shall be suitably fenced in accordance with requirements of § 349-8 of Chapter 349, Site Plan Review.


These regulations shall not apply to portable swimming pools which are less than two feet in height.

373-1Adoption of standards.

A code regulating the use, operation and maintenance of swimming pools and fixing penalties for violations is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 3-69.6. A copy of said code is annexed hereto and made a part hereof without the inclusion of the text thereof herein.

373-2Designation of standards.

Said code established and adopted by this chapter is described and commonly known as the “Swimming Pool Code of New Jersey (1970).”

373-3Copies to be on file.

Three copies of said Swimming Pool Code of New Jersey (1970) have been placed on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Rahway upon the introduction of this chapter and will remain on file there until final action is taken on this chapter for the use and examination of the public.

373-4Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of or order promulgated under this chapter or code established herein shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty of not less than $2 nor more than $100 for each violation. Each day that a particular violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.


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