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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencig Requirements Township of Greenwich, Gloucester County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:


Refer to UCC Chapter 3109.4.1. Height and clearance: top of barrier shall be 48 inches above grade.


Any pool designed, used and maintained for swimming purposes by an individual for use by his household and guests and located on a lot as an accessory use to a residence. Unless otherwise qualified, the term “private swimming pool” shall be construed as including both artificial and partly artificial pools.

614-2Permit required; fee.

No private swimming pool shall be hereafter constructed without a permit. Application for such a permit shall be accompanied by a site plan and/or property survey and submitted to the Zoning Administrative Officer. A fee of $30 shall be charged by the Zoning Administrative Officer for such permit.

614-3Construction and maintenance.

The construction and design of said pools shall be such that they may be maintained and operated as to be clean and sanitary at all times. The owners of every pool shall be responsible to maintain said pool in such condition as to prevent discharging of water from the pool into adjacent public or private property.

614-4Water supply; drainage.

There shall be no physical connection between a potable public or private water supply system and such pools at a point below the maximum flow line of the pool or to a recirculating or heating system of a pool, unless such physical connection is so installed and operated that no pool water can be discharged or siphoned into a potable water supply system.

All residential in-ground private swimming pools hereafter constructed within Greenwich Township shall be provided with one drainage outlet not over two inches in diameter, extending from said pool to discharge either to a storm sewer or lawn sprinkling system on the premises on which said pool is located. No private drain shall be connected to the Township sanitary sewer.

614-5Disinfection and filtering.

All private swimming pools shall be so constructed, installed and maintained as to provide the necessary equipment for chlorination and other disinfecting and filtering processes.

614-6Accessory structures.

Locker rooms, bathhouses, cabanas, shower rooms, toilets, runways and all other physical facilities or equipment incident to the operation of any private swimming pool shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times. Pools, above- or in-ground, must be located at a distance of 10 feet from any property line.


No swimming pool shall be constructed or installed nearer than 10 feet to any property line, nor nearer to the street line on which said premises fronts than the main front wall of the dwelling erected thereon. No private swimming or wading pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot, unless a residence building is located upon said lot, or unless said lot is part of a residence cartilage.

614-8Protective enclosure or barrier.

Every such pool, including temporary aboveground pools having a depth capacity of 24 inches, shall be fully enclosed by a suitable barrier as required by the NJ Uniform Construction Code in the Building Sub-code or One- and Two-family Dwelling Code.


No artificial lighting shall be maintained or operated in connection with private swimming pools in such a manner as to be a nuisance or annoyance to neighboring properties, and any underwater lighting facilities shall be installed in accordance with the standards of the Electrical Sub-code in the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.


All areas surrounding the pool and its enclosures shall be made and kept neat and attractive so as to be in conformity with surrounding property, and with no rubbish, debris or litter of any kind at any time.

614-11Disturbing noise.

Sound-absorbing and sound-deflecting structures and planting shrubbery and trees shall be provided in such number and so located as to effectively reduce the sounds from the pool as heard on contiguous property or streets to the end that there shall be no unreasonably loud noise which is abnormal to the surrounding neighborhood. No sound-amplifying system shall be used.


Every private swimming pool constructed or to be constructed shall at all times comply with the requirements of all health authorities having jurisdiction in the premises, and any nuisance or hazard to health which may exist or develop in or in consequence of or in connection with any such swimming pool shall forthwith be abated and removed by the person in possession of such pool upon receipt of notice from the Code Enforcement Officer or other designated person so requiring such abatement.

614-13Violations and penalties.

Any person, partnership, association or corporation, or any member thereof or officer of same who violates this chapter or any part thereof shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court, forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding $500 or be imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both.


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