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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Penns Grove Borough, Salem County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

404-1Definitions and word usage.

Definitions. The following words, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:


Includes any structure or fabricated apparatus.


Includes a corporation, association, organization, firm or partnership as well as an individual.


Includes any building or fabricated apparatus.


A public or private swimming pool or tank, artificially constructed, installed or maintained upon any premises by any person for his own or his family’s use or for the use of his guests or invitees and shall also mean and include a wading pool or tank, any side wall of which is more than 24 inches in height or the capacity of which exceeds 2,600 gallons.

Word usage. Whenever in this chapter any word importing a singular number or masculine gender is used in describing or referring to any person, party, matter or thing, the same shall include and apply to several persons or parties, as well as to one person or party, to female as well as male and to several matters or things as well as one matter or thing.

404-2Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to commence the construction or installation of a swimming pool or to make any alteration, addition or improvement to a swimming pool in the Borough without first having obtained a zoning permit from the Zoning Officer, a building permit from the Construction Code Official and a plumbing permit from the Plumbing Subcode Official.

[Amended 6-17-1986 by Ord. No. 86-5; 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-5]

Application for permits shall be accompanied by two sets of plans and specifications of such proposed swimming pool, alteration, addition or improvement, which application shall state the premises and the exact location thereon where said swimming pool is proposed to be installed, changed, altered, added to or improved, including plans and specifications for auxiliary structures and appurtenances related thereto.

404-3Material and color specifications.

The Borough shall not pass on the durability of the swimming pool, but such swimming pool shall be made of materials which are waterproof and easily cleaned. The bottom and sides of such swimming pool shall be either white or of a light color, except that no aluminum or toxic paint shall be used as a finish. No sand or earth bottom shall be used.

404-4Water supply.

Any swimming pool constructed or installed in the Borough of Penns Grove shall have its water supply furnished by connection through the residential or commercial meter connection with the Borough of Penns Grove water supply system, at present the Penns Grove Water Supply Company, or from its successors or assigns or from a private potable domestic water supply. The water shall be introduced into the pool for filling purposes by means of a discharge pipe or hose or orifice which shall be separated from the highest overflow level of the pool by an air space of at least four inches.


Every swimming pool constructed or installed shall be equipped with a discharge drain or drains at the deepest point and of sufficient size to permit the pool to be completely drained or emptied. Such drain shall not be over two inches in diameter at its final outlet and shall be of an approved material and shall extend from said pool to the sanitary sewer lines of the Penns Grove Sewerage Authority system either directly or through the residential or commercial sewerage connection with the Penns Grove Sewerage Authority system or to a sprinkler system for watering lawns and gardens. The cost and expense of making all connections and maintaining such drains shall be borne by the person connecting, installing or maintaining the swimming pool.

No swimming pool shall be drained into the Penns Grove Sewerage Authority lines without first obtaining permission in writing from the Penns Grove Sewerage Authority.

404-6Circulation and sanitation equipment.

There shall be maintained adequate equipment to properly recirculate the water in such pool and for filtering, chlorinating and disinfecting the same in accordance with the approved bacteriological standards, as may be promulgated by regulations issued by the Borough’s Board of Health.


None of the area used for swimming pool purposes shall be nearer than four feet to any property line or nearer than 30 feet to the curb line of any street in the Borough. A swimming pool area shall encompass the swimming pool, sidewalks, walks around the pool, utility buildings (either of permanent or temporary construction) and all utilities and structures (exclusive of the main residence) that are or may be used in connection with said pool for the accommodation of the swimmers or otherwise, including the fence referred to in § 404-9 hereof.


No artificial lighting shall be maintained or operated in connection with any swimming pool, presently constructed or installed or hereinafter to be constructed or installed, in such manner as to be a nuisance or annoyance to the neighboring properties or the occupants thereof.


[Amended 6-17-1986 by Ord. No. 86-5]

The area of every swimming pool to which this chapter applies shall be completely enclosed by a fence preferably of cyclone-type construction or any other type of durable construction approved by the Construction Code Official, not less than four feet high at all points above the ground level of the pool area, having at least one gate, which gate or gates shall be kept securely locked at all times when such pool is unattended by the owner or a responsible adult who is in charge thereof by authority of the owner.

404-10Maintenance; inspection.

Every swimming pool presently constructed or installed or hereinafter constructed or installed shall be maintained at all times in such manner as to never constitute a hazard, nuisance or menace to health or safety. Any nuisance, hazard or menace to health or safety which may exist or develop in or in connection with any such swimming pool shall be forthwith abated and/or removed by the person in possession, owning or having jurisdiction over such pool, upon receipt of notice from the Borough’s Board of Health or police. All swimming pools, including the drainage, circulatory and purification system, and all structures and fabricated apparatus used in connection therewith, shall be made available at all times by the person in possession, owning or having jurisdiction over such pool for inspection by the duly authorized representative of the Board of Health.

404-11Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-17-1986 by Ord. No. 86-5]

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof by the Municipal Court, be subject to the payment of a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day that the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.


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