Township of Washington, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 12-20-1971 as Ch. XIX of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 175.
Zoning — See Ch. 217.
Public bathing — See Ch. 235.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PRIVATE POOLS
Applies to pools located in or above the ground, both permanent and portable, having a water depth exceeding 12 inches, and owned by individuals, groups of individuals, clubs or any type of organizations.
SWIMMING POOL
Includes fill and draw flow-through and recirculation pools, outdoor and indoor, which are artificially constructed to provide recreational facilities for swimming, bathing or wading and all buildings, equipment and appurtenances thereto. It shall not include outdoor ponds, rivers or lakes, nor baths used for cleansing of the body or practice of the healing arts.
No discharge of water shall be permitted from any pool except to a brook, dry-well seepage pit, storm sewer or lawn sprinkling system. Under no circumstances shall water from any pool be permitted to flow, overflow, seep or drain onto adjacent property.
[Amended 9-17-1979 by Ord. No. 67-79]
Fencing requirements for all in-ground pools shall be in accordance with the BOCA Basic Building Code/1978.
Lighting used above the surface of the water to illuminate any private swimming pools shall be so arranged and shielded that the light is reflected away from adjoining premises.
A. 
The Building Inspector of the township shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. In addition thereto, any other person may also make a complaint for any violation of this chapter before the Municipal Court.
B. 
Prior to the issuance of any complaint there shall be effected personal service of an abatement notice setting forth the nature of the violation and requiring correction within three days. If the owner of the pool is unable to correct the violation within this period of time, he shall immediately discontinue the use of the pool and cause the water to be completely drained from the pool in order to avoid prosecution as herein provided.
[Amended 9-17-1979 by Ord. No. 67-79]
All existing private swimming pools which do not fall within the requirements of § 179-3 shall be fenced, as herein required under § 179-7, within 120 days of enactment of this chapter.
[Amended 9-17-1979 by Ord. No. 67-79]
A. 
Any access ladder or steps with any above-the-surface-type swimming pools, whether permanent or portable, shall be removed from the pool when not in use. "Removal" shall be defined as not capable of being used to enter the pool.
B. 
Above-the-surface pools which do not have smooth, unbroken vertical sidewalls or equally unclimbable, vertically reinforced sides four feet or more in height above the surface of the ground shall be completely enclosed by a permanent fence of durable material at least four feet in height, which fence shall be constructed so as not to have openings, holes or gaps larger than two inches measured horizontally, except that chain link fencing may have openings not greater than two inches measured on any side. The fence shall be located a minimum of three feet from the waterline of any portion of the pool. If a pool has attached thereto a raised deck, the fence shall be located no closer than three feet from the raised deck. All gates and doors used in conjunction with the fence shall meet the same specifications as the fence itself and shall be equipped with locking devices which are self-closing. Gates shall be locked at all times that a pool is not in use. All self-latching devices shall be placed at the top of the gate and make inaccessible to small children.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Section 19-8, Exemptions, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 9-17-1979 by Ord. No. 67-79.
[Amended 9-17-1979 by Ord. No. 67-79]
A Board of Review is hereby established consisting of the members of the Township Committee. The Board of Review shall hear and decide requests for exemptions from the requirements of this chapter.