[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Sauk City as Ch. 15.08 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall construct, install, enlarge, alter, or remodel a residential swimming pool not enclosed in a permanent building in the Village except in accordance with the regulations provided for herein.
In this chapter the following definitions apply:
- 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 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, with a maximum dimension of 15 feet and a maximum wall height of 15 inches, and which are so constructed that they may be readily disassembled for storage and reassembled to their original integrity, are exempt from the provisions of this definition.
Before work is commenced on the construction or erection of a private or residential swimming pool, or on any alterations, additions, remodeling, or other improvements, an application for a swimming pool building permit to construct, erect, alter, remodel or add on to must be submitted in writing to the Building Inspector. Plans and specifications and pertinent explanatory data should be submitted to the Building Inspector 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.
A building permit fee for such swimming pool shall be set by the Village Board.
In addition to such other requirements as may be reasonably imposed by the Building Inspector, the Building Inspector shall not issue a permit for construction as provided herein unless the following construction requirements are observed:
All materials and methods of 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 Village now in effect or hereafter enacted.
All plumbing work shall be in accordance with all applicable ordinances of the Village 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 or onto lands of other property owners adjacent to that on which the pool is located on in the general vicinity.
All electrical installations, including lighting 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 Village ordinances regulating electrical installations.
Private swimming pools shall be erected or constructed on rear or side lots only and only on a lot occupied by a principal building. 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.
No swimming pool shall be located, constructed or maintained closer to any side or rear lot line than is permitted in Chapter 365, Zoning, of the Village Code for an accessory building, and in no case shall the waterline of any pool be less than eight feet from any lot line.
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 or shall have a cover or other protective device over such swimming pool of such a design and material that the same can be securely fastened in place and when in place shall be capable of sustaining a person weighing 250 pounds. Such cover or protective device shall be securely fastened in place at all times when the swimming pool is not in actual use for swimming or bathing purposes. Such fence or wall shall not be less than six 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.
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 a minimum of 36 inches high on the top.
All swimming pools existing at the time of passage of this chapter 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 or to overflow upon or cause damage to 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.