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

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


Includes all pools associated with permitted hotel and motel land uses. “Commercial swimming pools” shall be further classified into types in accordance with their particular uses and shall meet the appropriate design standards as set forth by the National Swimming Pool Institute.


Portable pools shall not be subject to the requirement of this chapter and are those pools which are not otherwise permanently installed; do not require water filtration, circulation and purification; do not exceed a water surface of 100 square feet; and do not require braces or supports.


Includes artificially constructed pools, whether located above or below the ground, having a depth of more than 18 inches and/or a water surface of 100 square feet or more; designed and maintained for swimming and bathing purposes by an individual for use by members of his household and guests and which is located on a lot as an accessory use to a detached dwelling and shall include all buildings, structures, equipment and appurtenances thereto. “Private residential swimmingpools” shall be further classified into types in accordance with their particular uses and shall meet the appropriate design standards as set forth by the National Swimming Pool Institute.


[Amended 3-4-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-2]


Height restrictions.


No fence erected on or around a residential lot or parcel of land shall exceed six feet in height. No fence erected on or around a commercial or industrial lot or parcel of land shall exceed eight feet in height. Preconstructed fence must be installed as close to the ground as possible. The total height of the fence will not include any slight undulation of the ground, provided that 80% of the fence does not exceed the maximum height as specified herein.


No fence shall be erected less than four inches from the property line without the approval of the adjacent property owner in writing submitted with the application for a fence permit, and in no event shall a fence extend beyond a property line.


Front yards. No fence shall be erected in a front yard of any lot in a residential district or along a public right-of-way unless the fence is not more than 50% solid and is not more than 48 inches in height.


Installation. New fences or replacements must be installed with the finish side facing the adjacent property.


Prohibited types.


The following fences and fencing materials are specifically prohibited: barbed-wire fences, short pointed fences, canvas fences, cloth fences or electrically charged fences, expansible fences and collapsible fences, except during construction on such property.


In commercial or industrial zones, not more than four strands of barbed wire may be added to the top of a fence which is a minimum of six feet in height.


Living fences. Living fences or screens shall be planted no closer than four feet to the property line and shall not encroach over a sidewalk or beyond a property line. Living fences shall be maintained in a neatly trimmed condition. A living fence shall not be a hazard at any intersection, street or entry so as to prohibit the line of sight of the motorist or any vehicle operator.


Waiver of height restrictions.


Fences higher than eight feet, such as those required around a tennis or basketball court, may be permitted in a residential district by the Quinton Zoning Official. However, such a fence shall meet minimum side and rear yard requirements for an accessory building.


Fencing around a swimming pool must be installed in accordance with the BOCA codes.


Obstruction of drainage prohibited. Fences shall be erected in a manner as to permit the flow of natural drainage and shall not cause surface water to be blocked or dammed to create ponding.


Maintenance. Every fence shall be maintained in a safe, sound and upright condition and in accordance with the approved plan on file with the Building Department. Any fence in existence upon passage of this chapter may continue in existence without compliance with this section, except that the fence shall be kept painted, where applicable, and in good repair as deemed by the Housing Officer or member of the Building Department.


Permit required. Application for such fences shall be made in writing to the Building Department Office of the Township of Quinton and shall set forth the following information [Note: Agriculture fencing is exempt from obtaining a permit.]:


The owner and address, including block and lot.


A description and specification of the fence, including size, height, dimensions, material.


A sketch or plan of the fence location.




For fences four and six feet in height, the cost is $10 for the first 1,000 linear feet; thereafter, $5 per additional 1,000 linear feet.


Fences over six feet in height shall follow the Building Department fee schedule and are exempt from above fee charge.


Notice and order to repair or remove; penalty. If the Housing or the Construction Code Officials, upon inspection, determines that any fence or wall, or portion of any fence or wall, is not being maintained in a safe, sound, upright condition, the official shall notify the owner of such fence, in writing, of his/her findings and state briefly the reasons for such findings and order such fence or wall or portion of such fence or wall repaired or removed within 30 days of the date of the written notice. Each day that the person fails to obey the order referred to above shall constitute a separate violation of this order. There is a penalty of $250 per violation.


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