Village of Richfield, WI
Washington County
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The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
POND
Any privately owned man-made depression in the ground, either temporary or permanent, in which water more than 18 inches is contained.
SWIMMING POOL
Any depression in the ground, either temporary or permanent, or a container of water, either temporary or permanent and either above or below the ground, in which water more than 18 inches deep is contained and which is used primarily for the purpose of bathing or swimming.
No person shall construct, install, enlarge, or alter any private residential swimming pool not enclosed in a permanent building or pond in the Village except in accordance with this article.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Required. No person shall construct, install, enlarge, or alter any private swimming pool or pond unless a permit therefor has first been obtained from the Building Inspector.
B. 
Application. Application shall be on forms provided by the Building Inspector and shall be accompanied by plans drawn to scale showing the following:
(1) 
Location of pool or pond on lot, distance from lot lines and distance from structures.
(2) 
Location of septic tank, filter bed, and sewer lines.
(3) 
Pool or pond dimensions and volume of water in gallons.
(4) 
Location of fence, and type, size, and gate location, if applicable.
(5) 
Existing overhead wiring relative to proposed pool or pond.
A. 
No pool shall be located, erected, constructed, or maintained closer to any side or rear lot line than allowed by the Village of Richfield Zoning Ordinance for permitted accessory building uses, and the water line of any pool shall be not less than five feet from any lot line or building.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Ponds may be located in the front, side, or rear yards of residential properties, provided the placement meets all setback requirements and does not violate zoning codes discussed in the Village of Richfield Zoning Ordinance.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
No connection shall be made to the sanitary sewer or septic system.
D. 
Gaseous chlorination systems shall not be used for disinfecting pool waters.
E. 
No pool shall be less than five feet from any septic system or less than 25 feet from any well.
A. 
Required. All swimming pools not enclosed within a permanent building and all ponds located in a subdivision or within 150 feet of a residence of another shall be completely enclosed by a fence of sufficient strength to prevent access to the pool, not less than four feet in height and so constructed as not to have voids, holes or openings larger than four inches in one dimension. The wall of the house or building facing a pool may be incorporated as a portion of such fence. No fence shall be located, erected, constructed or maintained closer than three feet to a pool. Gates or doors shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device for keeping the gate or door securely closed at all times when not in actual use.
B. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
Aboveground swimming pools with walls that are at least four feet high at all points around such pool or have platforms and railings that are four feet or more in height above the ground are not required to be enclosed as provided in Subsection A of this section; however, all ladders and stairways providing access to such pools shall be adequately fenced and fitted with gates or be folded up and locked to prevent entry when the pool is not in use.
(2) 
Belowground swimming pools or ponds which have a slope of no more than four to one from any point on the perimeter of such pool or pond for at least a distance of 20 feet toward the center of such pool or pond are not required to be enclosed as provided in Subsection A of this section.
A. 
To comply with electrical codes. All electrical installations shall require separate permits and shall be governed by the Village or State Electrical Code.
B. 
Pool lights. If overhead flood or other artificial lights are used to illuminate the pool or pond at night, such lights shall be shielded to direct light only on the pool.
No pool shall be so operated as to create a nuisance, a hazard, or an eyesore or otherwise to result in a substantial adverse effect on neighboring properties.