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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Township of Pilesgrove, Salem County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A facility constructed above or below the ground, having a depth of more than two feet and/or water surface of 100 square feet or more, and designed and maintained for swimming purposes.

145-36Swimming 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 pool shall be located in rear yard areas only and shall occupy no more than 75% of the yard area in which it is located and shall be located no closer than 20 feet to any lot line. There shall be no minimum distance requirement between the pool and principal structure.


A private residential swimming pool shall be enclosed by a permanent fence sufficient to make the pool inaccessible to small children. The fence, including the gate therein, shall not be less than four feet in height or more than six feet in height. 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 the fence with self-closing and self-latching gates described above.


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

Commercial or public swimming pools.


No commercial swimming pool shall be constructed or installed unless approved by the Board as part of a site plan approval and shall be an accessory use as permitted in Articles IV and VI. 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.


Commercial swimming pools shall be permitted as conditional uses and shall comply with the conditions in § 145-38. Public swimming pools shall adhere to the yard and coverage standards set forth in the conditional use provisions for commercial swimming pools in § 145-38.


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