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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Township of Cranbury, Mercer County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

[Amended 8-30-1999 by Ord. No. O-07-99-26]

150-34Swimming pools, tennis courts and similar private recreational facilities.

Except for portable swimming pools less than three feet in height and less than 10 feet in length or diameter, the following regulations shall apply to permanent and portable swimming pools, tennis courts and similar recreational facilities that are accessory to a residential use:

Said use shall be located on the same lot as the principal structure and only in the side or rear yard.

Said use shall comply with the minimum side yard requirements for principal structures.

Said use shall be screened to minimize any adverse impact on adjoining properties.

No loudspeakers or amplifying devices which can be heard beyond the lot lines of the lot on which said facility is located shall be used in connection with such recreation facilities.

Swimming pools shall be enclosed by a permanent fence as regulated in the State Uniform Construction Code. (See Chapter 72, Construction Codes, Uniform.) The purpose of such fence shall be to enclose the swimming pool. Such fence shall not exceed a maximum height of five feet. If more than 50% solid, then such fence shall be located no farther than 20 feet from the edge of the pool.

All hot tubs and whirlpools in excess of three feet in depth shall be enclosed by a four-foot-high fence or pool cover or other protective device approved by the Construction Official.


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