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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Township of Blairstown, Warren County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A water-filled enclosure, above and/or below the ground, having a depth of more than 24 inches and designed, used and maintained for swimming and bathing.

The term “swimming pool” includes hot tubs and whirlpools and other similar water-filled enclosures;

The term “swimming pool” includes all ordinary appurtenances such as buildings, structures and equipment; and

Any portable pool that is not permanently installed and meets all of the following criteria is not considered a swimming pool and is not subject to the provisions of this chapter:


Does not require water filtration, circulation and purification;


Does not exceed 24 inches in depth;


Does not exceed a water surface of 250 square feet; and


Does not require braces or supports.

19-518Swimming pools.

Private residential swimming pools.


No private residential swimming pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a principal residential building.


A private residential swimming pool shall be enclosed by a permanent fence sufficient to make the pool inaccessible to small children in accordance with the following, and, in any case, the fence must meet the requirements as specified in the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey.


The fence, including the gate therein, shall not be less than four feet in height, nor more than six feet in height; and


All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching with latches placed four feet above the underlying ground and otherwise made inaccessible from the outside to small children.


In the case of hot tubs and whirlpools only, a natural barrier, hedge, pool cover or other protective device approved by the Construction Official shall be an acceptable enclosure so long as the degree of protection afforded by the substituted device or structure is not less than the protection afforded by a fence with self-closing and self-latching gates as described hereinabove in Subsection 19-518A(2) regarding a private residential swimming pool.


Any lighting in connection with a private residential swimming pool shall be directed downward and shielded from adjacent properties.

Commercial or public swimming pools.


No commercial or public swimming pool shall be constructed or installed unless approved by the Board as part of a site plan approval for a principal permitted use as specified in Article 19-400 or Article 19-600 of this chapter, as may be applicable.


Commercial or public swimming pools shall be classified into types in accordance with their particular use and shall meet the appropriate design standards as set forth by the National Swimming Pool Institute or the Swimming Pool Code of New Jersey, latest edition, whichever is more stringent


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