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

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

Pool Requirements

1.  Swimming pools shall comply with the following requirements: 
 a.       No swimming pool shall be located closer than ten (10) feet to any side or rear lot line, or to any principal or accessory structure, excluding patios, and/or associated decking. 

b.       All pools shall be located behind the rear building line of the principal structure. 

c.       No private swimming pool shall be used other than as accessory to the principal use of the premises upon which it is located. 

d.       Elevated lights over four (4) feet in height used or maintained in connection with a private swimming pool shall be so located and shielded that the illumination there from is not directed upon any adjacent property and shall be turned off by 10:00 PM. 

e.       The yard area or portion of the yard area in which the pool is located shall be completely enclosed with a fence that is in compliance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. 

f.        The pool may be lighted by either underwater or exterior lights provided all exterior lights are located so that the light is neither directed nor reflected upon adjacent properties. All freestanding standards used for exterior lighting shall be no closer to the edge of the pool than its height All lighting shall be in compliance with the applicable State Uniform Construction Code.


The purpose of acquiring a Zoning Permit is to ensure the proposed use and utilization of a property is in conformance with the Borough Zoning Ordinance. Work that would require a Zoning Permit includes but is not limited to poolsporchesdecksfencesadditionsshedsdriveways, curbs, sidewalks, signs and trailers. The Zoning Department requires the following information in order to review any Zoning Application: NOTE: Subsequent to Zoning approval, CONSTRUCTION PERMITS may be REQUIRED. (see construction office)

Basic Requirements

“How to obtain approval”

  1. Obtain and fill out a Zoning Permit Application provided in the Zoning Office.
  2. Provide a certified site survey of the property showing the proposed work. Make sure to include on the survey the setback distances of the proposed work from the property lines and distance from house or shed. See Sample Site Survey.
  3. A basic description of the proposed work.
  4. Payment of any and all applicable Zoning Permit fees. $50

Possible Additional Requirements

The Zoning Officer may require more detailed information such as architectural drawings, if deemed necessary, to accurately review the application.

  • Pools-indicate on survey the area of water discharge, proposed and pre-existing fences and the location of the required self-latching gate.
  • Fences-Specification of proposed fence type and its location on survey.
  • Decks/Additions/Sheds/Driveways/Walkways- Indicate on survey the exact size, location and setback distances of the proposed work. In addition townhouse/condominium units require a letter of association approval.
  • Signs- Position of sing in relation to nearby buildings or structures. Illustration of sign and dimensions.
  • Trailers- Size, location and setback distances indicated on survey.


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