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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Township of River Vale, Bergen County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A body of water artificially constructed in whole or in part, having a depth at any point of more than 18 inches, whether above, below or level with the ground or area surrounding it and designed, established, constructed, maintained or used as an accessory use to a residence for the private swimming, bathing or wading purposes of a person, the members of his household or their guests.

142-250Swimming pools.

Fences around swimming pools shall comply separately with the applicable requirements of Chapter 90, Construction Codes, Uniform; and Chapter 218, Swimming Pools, of the Code of the Township of River Vale.

Article I: Public Swimming Pools

[Adopted 5-13-1957(Ch. 75, Art. I, of the 1967 Code); readopted in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]

218-1Adoption of standards by reference.

There is hereby adopted by the Township of River Vale, for the purpose of establishing a Swimming Pool Code, that certain code known as “Swimming Pool Code of New Jersey (1955),” said code being hereby adopted by the Township of River Vale by reference, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1. A copy of said code so intended to be adopted is annexed hereto, and three copies of said code have been placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk and will remain on file there until further action is taken on this article, for the use and examination of the public. Said code is hereby adopted as the official Swimming Pool Code of the Township of River Vale, and shall be known and may be cited as “River Vale Swimming Pool Code (1957),” excepting so much thereof as may be amended, supplemented, changed or altered by and in this article.


The aforesaid “Swimming Pool Code of New .Jersey (1955)” is hereby amended, supplemented, changed or altered in the following respects:

Wherever the words “administrative authority” shall appear in said code, the same shall be read and construed to mean, Board of Health of the Township of River Vale.

Wherever the word “construct” shall appear in said code, the same shall be read and construed to mean and include the erection, building or installation of a new swimming pool or enlarging or in any manner changing or altering an existing swimming pool or any of its facilities.

218-3Permits and fees.

[Amended 9-12-2005 by Ord. No. 133-2005]

No person, firm or corporation shall locale, construct, alter or operate a swimming pool until a license or a permit therefor shall have been issued by the Board of Health and in connection therewith the following fees may be charged by the Board:

Five hundred fifty dollars for year-round indoor pools.

Four hundred dollars for seasonal outdoor pools.

Two hundred dollars for wading pools.

All permits issued for the operation of a swimming pool shall expire annually on the first day of April in each year, and application for renewal thereof shall be submitted together with the required fee prior to saod first day of April in each year.

Permits acquired by this article or the code herein referred to may be denied or suspended by the Board of Health, but the holder of any such permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard, before the suspension or revocation of any permit, and have a reasonable opportunity to correct any condition not meeting the requirements of such code or allegedly constituting such swimming pool a health hazard or a potential health hazard.

218-4Citation of references for charging violations.

In charging any violation of the provisions hereof or of the aforesaid code which is adopted by reference, as the same may be modified hereby, it shall be necessary only to refer to the section or subsections appearing herein or in said code, so adopted by reference, and to refer to the same by the same section or subsection as may appear herein or therein.

218-5Violations and penalties.

Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article or of the code adopted hereby, as amended, supplemented, changed or altered herein, shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, § 1-14, for each and every offense, and each day a particular violation shall continue is hereby declared to be and shall constitute a separate offense.

The failure to observe any requirement of this article or the code hereby adopted, as amended, and the doing or performing of any act forbidden herein or therein, shall constitute a violation of this article or of said code.


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