Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 6-2-1970 by Ord. No. 323, approved 6-2-1970 (Ch. 138 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 200.
Sewers — See Ch. 442.
Zoning — See Ch. 560.
A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation, whether profit or nonprofit.
SWIMMING POOL
Any artificial excavation or enclosure intended or utilized for the storage of water for bathing or swimming purposes in which the depth of water stored therein exceeds two feet.
B. 
The singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
Following the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person desiring to construct or erect a swimming pool to commence construction thereof until a permit shall have first been obtained from the Building Official of the Borough of Bridgeport.
Within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter, all persons who presently maintain a swimming pool within the Borough of Bridgeport shall register such fact with the Building Official on a form to be supplied for this purpose.
No person presently maintaining a swimming pool within the Borough of Bridgeport and within 300 feet of any property line of the property on which it is located shall continue to maintain such pool unless access to the same shall be restricted by protective fencing, protective plantings or such other impediments as shall be approved by the Building Official upon recommendation of the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport. After registration, approval, if granted, shall be evidenced by a certificate of approval issued by the Building Official. Such certificate of approval shall be revocable in the event the enclosure no longer provides reasonable protection.
The enclosure of existing facilities, as provided for in § 502-4 hereof, shall be accomplished within 60 days of the date of notification issued by the Building Official that facilities existing as of the date of registration are inadequate. Said notification shall further set forth the minimum facilities acceptable to the Borough.
No person shall henceforth construct a swimming pool or maintain a swimming pool constructed hereafter within the Borough of Bridgeport and within 300 feet of any property line of the property on which it is located unless the same shall be entirely surrounded by a substantial wire mesh or solid fence. Such fence shall be not less than 42 inches nor more than six feet in height and shall contain no vertical interspace of more than two inches and no horizontal rail or component on the outside usable as a footstep, and shall satisfy the following minimum requirements:
A. 
Wood picket: three-fourths-inch stock.
B. 
Iron picket: one-half-inch iron bar.
C. 
Chain link: vertical chains shall be eleven-gauge-minimum wire and a maximum of two inches apart.
D. 
Woven or other solid fence: strength shall be equivalent to one of the foregoing, satisfactory to the Building Official.
E. 
All gates in such fence shall be secured by a lock when the owner or tenant is absent from the premises and by an effective safety latch at all other times.
F. 
A dwelling or accessory building may be used as a part of the required enclosure.
[Amended 2-14-1984 by Ord. No. 475, approved 2-14-1984; 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988[1]]
All applications for permits shall be made in writing, in duplicate, and shall include such plans, drawings or other data as may be required by the Building Official and shall satisfactorily indicate the method of fencing the facility. A fee in the sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council shall be chargeable for all permits.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance removed specific fees from the Borough's Code; the current fees resolution of the Borough is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.