[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vinland as Title 5, Ch. 6, of the 2004 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PRIVATE OR RESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL
- An outdoor structure containing a body of water in a receptacle or other container having a depth for water at any point greater than 1 1/2 feet located above or below the surface of ground elevation, used or intended to be used solely by the owner, operator or lessee thereof and his/her family and by friends invited to use it, and includes all structural facilities, appliances and appurtenances, equipment and other items used and intended to be used for the operation and maintenance of a private or residential swimming pool.
Storable children's swimming or wading pools which are so constructed that they may be readily disassembled or deflated for storage and reassembled or inflated to their original integrity are exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
Before work is commenced on the construction or erection of private or residential swimming pools or on any alterations, additions, remodeling or other improvements, an application for a swimming pool building permit to construct, erect, alter, remodel or add must be submitted in writing to the Zoning Administrator. Plans and specifications and pertinent explanatory data shall be submitted to the Zoning Administrator at the time of application. No work or any part of the work shall be commenced until a written permit for such work is obtained by the applicant. The swimming pool permit fee shall apply and shall accompany such application.
In addition to such other requirements as may be reasonably imposed by the Zoning Administrator, the Zoning Administrator shall not issue a permit for construction as provided for in § 365-3 unless the following construction requirements are observed:
All materials and methods for construction in the construction, alteration, addition, remodeling or other improvements and pool installation shall be in accord with all state regulations and codes and with any and all ordinances of the Town now in effect or hereafter enacted.
All plumbing work shall be in accordance with all applicable ordinances of the Town and all state codes. Every private or residential swimming pool shall be provided with a suitable draining method and, in no case, shall waters from any pool be drained into the sanitary sewer system, onto lands of other property owners adjacent to that on which the pool is located or in the general vicinity.
All electrical installations, including lights and heating, but not limited thereto, which are provided for, installed and used in conjunction with a private swimming pool, shall be in conformance with the state laws and Town ordinances regulating electrical installation.
No swimming pool shall be erected or constructed on an otherwise vacant lot. A lot shall not be considered vacant if the owner owns the contiguous lot and said lot is occupied by a principal building.
Permanent pools shall maintain a minimum side and rear yard clearance of 20 feet from the adjoining property.
Pools within the scope of this chapter which are not enclosed with a permanent building shall be completely enclosed by a fence of sufficient strength to prevent access to the pool. Such fence or wall shall not be less than four feet in height and so constructed as not to have voids, holes or openings larger than four inches in one dimension. Gates or doors shall be kept locked while the pool is not in actual use.
No permit for the construction of a pool shall be issued unless the same shall be accompanied by plans for the pool and the fence, showing the exact location and adequate provisions for drainage.
The pool enclosure may be omitted where portable pools are installed above ground and have a raised deck around the entire pool perimeter with an attached enclosed railing or uncovered sidewalls a minimum of 36 inches high, provided that ladder or stair access can be restricted.
All swimming pools existing at the time of passage of this Code not satisfactorily fenced shall comply with the fencing requirements of this chapter when water is placed in the pool.
No private swimming pool shall be constructed so as to allow water therefrom to drain into any sanitary sewer or septic tank nor to overflow upon or cause damage to any adjoining property. Provisions may be made for draining the contents of any swimming pool into a storm sewer but such installation shall be subject to prior approval by the Building Inspector.
All private swimming pools within the meaning of this chapter must have, in connection therewith, some filtration system to assure proper circulation of the water therein and maintenance of the proper bacterial quality thereof.
All swimming pools of a permanent nature shall have the sides and bottom of a smooth finish, and no sand or dirt bottom shall be permitted.
Portable pools over one foot in depth must be drained, fenced or covered in such manner as to provide public safety after each day's use.