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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements Township of Upper Deerfield, Cumberland County

June 12, 2018

Updated as of June 2018


A noncommercial privately owned pool constituting an accessory use to a residential unit or units and located on the same lot therewith. A wading pool with a depth of less than 18 inches or a portable swimming device, located above ground level, with an area less than 125 square feet and a water depth less than three feet, temporary in character and constructed of material other than concrete or masonry, shall not be deemed a swimming pool.


A public or privately owned pool open to the public on an annual membership basis and having dressing rooms, off-street parking and other appropriate accessories and facilities.

405-32Swimming pools and ponds.

The following standards and regulations shall apply to swimming pools and ponds.

Private swimming pools.


Open pools in excess of 2 1/2 feet in depth are considered swimming pools and as structures for the purpose of permits and regulations of Township ordinances. For the purpose of this chapter, swimming pools, exclusive of patio area, shall not be counted as floor area in computing the lot coverage and shall not be located in any required front, side or rear yard area.


All swimming pools shall be at least 20 feet from any property line and shall be enclosed by a fence, wall or other suitable barrier not less than four feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate and of such a design as is reasonable to prevent unobstructed access to the pool.

[Amended 9-1-1988 by Ord. No. 316]


All swimming pools shall be provided with a filtering system utilizing chlorinated water, meeting New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services requirements.


All swimming pools shall drain in conformance to a system approved by the Township Engineer.

Irrigation and farm ponds. All irrigation or farm ponds shall be designed and constructed in such a manner as to avoid steep slopes or embankments. All such ponds shall be graded and seeded. Fencing and specific drainage requirements shall only be applicable where determined necessary to the public health, safety and general welfare by the Township Committee.

Semipublic and public swimming pools and swimming clubs. Semipublic and public swimming pools and swimming clubs operated on a nonprofit annual-membership basis shall be permitted as indicated on the Schedule of District Regulations,[1]provided that:


Proof is furnished to the Zoning Officer that the proposed use is a bona fide nonprofit activity organized solely for the use and enjoyment of the membership.


The parcel involved in the use shall contain at least three acres and shall have 200 feet of highway frontage.


No more than a total of 15% of the lot shall be covered by structures, parking areas and the pool, together with its adjoining hard-surfaced areas.


No part of the pool, its accompanying hard-surfaced area or other supporting structures or activity areas shall be located within 75 feet of a property line, or less than 300 feet from the nearest dwelling.


The maximum membership of the club shall be fixed at the time of application and shall be commensurate with the size of the parcel and the scale and facilities contemplated. No expansion of the membership shall take place subsequently without supplemental application to and approval by the Planning Board.

[Amended 12-30-2009 by Ord. No. 649]


Any pool established in connection with public swimming clubs shall be constructed and operated according to the requirements of Chapter IX, Public Recreational Bathing, of the State Sanitary Code, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq.

[Amended 9-20-2007 by Ord. No. 593]


All pools shall be surrounded on all sides by a yard 25 feet in width, exclusive of parking area.


All pools shall have permanent and direct access to a public street.


All pools shall be surrounded by a fence at least six feet in height, the entrance to which shall be kept locked when an attendant is not present.


All lot boundaries shall be screened in accordance with the screening provisions of § 405-62A(4) of this chapter.


Adequate parking shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of § 405-27.


Editor’s Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is included at the end of this chapter.


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