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

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

60-83Private swimming pools. [1]

[Amended 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. 6-2008]

The following standards and regulations shall apply to private swimming pools:

No private swimming pool having the capacity to impound water at a depth in excess of 24 inches may be constructed, installed or placed upon any lot in Pittsgrove Township unless the lot owner or occupant first obtains a zoning permit and all applicable construction permits. No swimming pool for which zoning and construction permits have been issued may be used or maintained until its proper construction, installation and/or placement have been confirmed by issuance of a certificate of approval by the Pittsgrove Township Construction Official.

All private swimming pools having the capacity to impound water at a depth in excess of 24 inches must be constructed, installed and/or placed in full conformance with the Uniform Construction Code[2] (N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.1, et seq.), including but not limited to all barrier and other safety requirements adopted in connection therewith to provide protection against potential drownings and near-drownings by restricting access to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 37, Construction Codes, Uniform.

The area of a private swimming pool that has the capacity to impound water shall not be counted as impervious area in calculating lot coverage. All other areas, structures and improvements relating to a private swimming pool, including but not limited to all aprons, decks and patios, shall be counted as impervious area in calculating lot coverage.

All portions of a private swimming pool and its related structures and improvements, including but not limited to the water impoundment area and all aprons, decks and patios, must conform to all applicable minimum yard setback, maximum lot coverage and maximum height requirements for accessory uses and structures as set forth in the Pittsgrove Township Schedules of District Regulations.[3]


Editor’s Note: Said schedules are located at the end of this chapter.

All swimming pools shall drain in conformance to a system approved by the Health Code Official and/or the Construction Code Official.


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 116, Swimming Pools, Public.

60-74Fences, walls and hedges.

Fences, walls and hedges may be erected, altered or reconstructed in accordance with the following regulations:


In any zoning district, fences, wall and hedges, except retaining walls, may be located within yard areas so long as they do not encroach on public rights-of-way or neighboring properties.


The height of a fence or wall shall not exceed four feet in the front and side yards and six feet in the rear yard. All fencesand walls shall have a minimum one-foot setback for front, side and rear yards; provided, however, that fences which need to exceed this height (tennis courts, swimming pools and dog runs) shall have a minimum three-foot side and rear yard setback. Security fences around commercial, industrial or institutional uses shall not exceed 10 feet in height.


All fences, walls and hedges shall be in conformance with the provisions of § 60-42CC.

[Amended 4-22-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]


For purposes of this section, a “hedge” shall be defined as any clustering or configuration of plant material in such a manner as to permanently or temporarily prohibit or inhibit unrestricted travel between properties or portions of properties or between the street or public rights-of-way and a property.


All fences and walls shall require a zoning and construction permit when applicable under the Uniform Construction Code.[1] All retaining walls require a zoning and construction permit.


Editor’s Note: See Ch. 37, Construction Codes, Uniform.

The Land Use Board may modify the above noted requirements upon request wherein it is deemed reasonable and appropriate to require the installation of a buffer between two properties in order to shield a residential use from a nonresidential use on an adjoining property or from some other objectionable condition such as a heavily traveled thoroughfare, or to provide privacy to side or rear yard of residential property.

At the intersection of two or more streets or driveways and a street or driveways in any zoning district, no fences, walls or hedges, other than a signal post or tree, which is higher than three feet above curb level, nor any obstruction to vision, shall be permitted in the triangular area formed by the intersecting street lines and a line joining each 30 feet distant from said intersection along said street lines.

Construction. All fences shall be constructed in accordance with the following standards:


Except for permitted farm uses, the following fences and fencing materials are specifically prohibited: barbed wire fences, razor-wire fences, sharp pointed fences, canvas, cloth, and except for agricultural use, electrically charged fences; or shall they be constructed in any manner which may be dangerous to persons or animals. Commercial and industrial uses may have fences topped by a protective wire barrier.


All fences shall be permanent construction and shall withstand a wind load of 15 pounds per square foot.


All fences shall be constructed or installed with stringers facing inwards.

Every fence or wall shall be maintained in a safe, structurally sound, upright condition and in accordance with the approved plan on file with the Construction Official or Zoning Officer. If the Zoning Officer or Construction Official, upon inspection, determines that any fence or wall or portion of any fence or wall is not being maintained in a safe, structurally sound, upright condition, said Officer or Official shall notify the owner of said fence in writing of his findings and state briefly the reasons for such findings and order such fence or wall or portion of fence or wall repaired or removed in accordance with the provisions of § 60-113.

No fence or wall hereafter erected, altered or reconstructed in any residential zoning district shall not exceed six feet in height except for tennis courts, swimming pools and dog runs. Fences in all other zones shall not exceed a height of 10 feet.

The foregoing restrictions shall not be applied so as to prevent the erection of an open wire or chain link fence exceeding 15 feet in height above ground level anywhere within a public park, public playground or public school properties. These restrictions shall also not be applied so as to restrict the erection of a wall for the purpose of retaining earth.


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