[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 8-31-1992 by Ord. No. 92-37. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted as Ch. 139, and was renumbered in order to be consistent with the alphabetical sequence of the subject matter of the Code.
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Residential Swimming Pool Ordinance" and shall provide safeguards for swimming pools, wading pools and reflecting pools within the city.
Definitions shall be as follows for the purpose of this chapter:
- SWIMMING POOL
- If any portion of a pool has a depth greater than 24 inches of water when full, such pool shall be classified as a "swimming pool."
- WADING OR REFLECTING POOL
- Any permanent pool which has a maximum depth of between 12 inches and 24 inches to the normal waterline shall be classified as a "wading or reflecting pool," depending upon its intended use.
The water supply used for filling or for cleaning of the pool shall be clean. The water supply shall be protected against potential pollution from all sources, including cross-connection and backflow.
No person shall maintain a private swimming pool, either artificial or natural, without first safeguarding it with a substantial protective fence at least four feet in height equipped with self-latching gates as approved by the Building Inspector. This section does not apply to fences safeguarding swimming pools existing prior to July 9, 1962. In such cases, the Building Inspector is authorized and directed to approve such existing fences which, in his discretion, substantially comply with this article. All approvals of the Building Inspector must be made in writing.
A wading or reflecting pool, if within 15 feet of a street or public thoroughfare, shall be protected by an approved fence or railing not less than three feet high. In lieu of a fence or railing, the Building Inspector may, in his discretion, approve other safeguards, including shrubs, plantings or similar appurtenances which afford a comparable degree of protection. This section does not apply to fences or other appurtenances safeguarding such pools existing prior to July 9, 1962. In such cases, the Building Inspector is hereby authorized and directed to approve such existing safeguards which, in his discretion, substantially comply with this article. All approvals of the Building Inspector must be made in writing.
The fee for building, electrical and plumbing permits will be as per the fee schedule in § 138-21.
Water rates for swimming pools within the city shall be as set forth in § 255-75.