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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Metuchen Borough, Middlesex County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

SWIMMING POOL A pool, having a depth of more than 18 inches and/or a water surface in excess of 100 square feet, whether located above or below the ground, constructed, designed and maintained for swimming and bathing purposes by a private residence for use by household members and guests and located on a lot as an accessory use to a detached dwelling. The term swimming pool shall include all buildings, structures, equipment and appurtenances thereto.

SWIMMING POOL, PUBLIC Either outdoor or indoor pools which are artificially constructed to provide recreational facilities for swimming, bathing or wading for the use of the public or for the use of the membership of any private club, group or organization.

SWIMMING POOLS, PORTABLE Those pools which are located above ground level, otherwise not permanently installed, do not require water filtration, circulation and purification, do not exceed a water surface of 100 square feet and do not require braces or supports. Portable pools shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter.

§ 110-112.5.    Swimming pools and sport courts.

[Added 9-3-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-12]

Swimming pools and sport courts shall be permitted on all lots used as single- and two-family dwellings in residential districts and on any tract developed for townhouses or apartments. Such shall require site plan approval and/or an approved zoning permit prior to construction and shall be subject to the following provisions:

Location. Any swimming pool or sport court shall be permitted in a rear yard, located completely behind the rear walls of the principal structure.

Coverage. The surface area of a swimming pool or sport court shall not exceed 25% coverage of the rear yard area.

Setbacks. No part of the surface area of a swimming pool or sport court, including structures attached thereto or any pool filtering equipment, whether or not such is attached, shall be closer than 10 feet to any side or rear lot line. For the purposes of this subsection, a ground-level patio and associated walkways surrounding a swimming pool shall not be considered to be a structure attached thereto.

Fencing. The entire swimming pool or sport court shall be fenced. Said fence shall be six feet above grade for sport courts and a minimum height of four feet above grade for swimming pools and shall be of such design that it securely controls access to such area. Where such is located on a corner lot and the fence on the side facing the street is nonsolid, that portion of the fence shall be screened with shrubs not less than four feet tall at the time of planting.

Swimming pool drainage. No swimming pool shall drain into a public sanitary sewer or be located in such a manner that water from the pool or filtering equipment drains onto another property. Any permitted in-ground pool shall be required to be reviewed by the Borough Engineer prior to the issuance of a zoning permit.


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