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Before construction of a pool shall begin, permits shall be obtained from the Village Building Inspector and the Plumbing Inspector.
Definition of a “Swimming Pool”
The term “swimming pool” is defined in the Uniform Code as “any structure, basin, chamber or tank which is intended for swimming, diving, recreational bathing or wading and which contains, is designed to contain, or is capable of containing water more than 24 inches (610 mm) deep at any point. This includes in-ground, above ground and on-ground pools; indoor pools; hot tubs; spas; fixed-in-place wading pools; blow-up pools and white plastic tube/blue canvas pools.
NOTE: A pool which is capable of containing more than 24 inches of water is a “swimming pool” (and subject to all applicable Uniform Code provisions relating to “swimming pools”) even if the pool is filled to a depth of less than 24 inches.
- No public or private swimming pool shall be located in any required front yard, nor shall such pool be located closer, in reference to a side or rear yard lot line, than:
- Lot width 50 feet or more: 10 feet required.
- Lot width over 40 feet but less than 50 feet: five feet required.
- Lot width less than 40 feet: four feet required.
- NOTE: For lot width equal to 40 feet: four feet required.
- Such minimum side and rear yard setbacks shall be measured from whichever point is nearest to the property line on its pool wall, aboveground decks or other related structure.
- NOTE: When applying for a permit you must supply a Plot Plan. See the Plot Plan instruction pages.
Every in-ground or above ground swimming pool, wading pool, reflecting pool, fish pool or other man-made body of water containing water 24 inches or more in depth at any point shall comply with the following safety provisions:
- Every pool shall have an enclosure erected and maintained surrounding the property or the pool area equipped with self-latching gates and sufficient to make such body of water inaccessible from the outside to small children.
- The enclosure for an in-ground swimming pool shall be a minimum of four feet.
- In the case of aboveground swimming pools four feet or higher, no enclosure is necessary if the only access to the pool is by portable ladder and such ladder is unattached when the pool is not in use.
- Any deck or similar structure attached to or part of an aboveground pool shall be constructed in such a manner that will maintain the pool’s inaccessibility to small children, or a separate enclosure of four feet or higher shall be provided.
- Access gates shall comply with the requirements of §RAG105.2, Items 1 through 7, and shall be securely locked with a key, combination or other child-proof lock sufficient to prevent access to the swimming pool through such gate when the swimming pool is not in use or supervised. Pedestrian access gates shall open outward away from the pool and shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Gates other than pedestrian access gates shall have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism and openings shall comply with the following:
- The release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches (76 mm) below the top of the gate, and
- The gate and barrier shall have no opening greater than 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) within 18 inches (457 mm) of the release mechanism.
Current Requirements for Swimming Pools Contained in the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) April 2011
NOTE: See the pages with NYS Residential Code requirements for Barriers and Alarms
During the installation or construction of a swimming pool, such swimming pool shall be enclosed by a temporary enclosure which shall sufficiently prevent any access to the swimming pool by any person not engaged in the installation or construction of the swimming pool, and sufficiently provide for the safety of any such person. Such temporary enclosure may consist of a temporary fence, a permanent fence, the wall of a permanent structure, any other structure, or any combination of the foregoing, provided all portions of the temporary enclosure shall be not less than four (4) feet high, and provided further that all components of the temporary enclosure shall have been approved as sufficiently preventing access to the swimming pool by any person not engaged in the installation or construction of the swimming pool, and as sufficiently providing for the safety of all such persons. Such temporary enclosure shall remain in place throughout the period of installation or construction of the swimming pool, and thereafter until the installation or construction of a complying permanent enclosure shall have been completed.
A temporary swimming pool enclosure described in subdivision (c) of this section shall be replaced by a complying permanent enclosure. The installation or construction of the complying permanent enclosure must be completed within ninety days after the later of
- the date of issuance of the building permit for the installation or construction of the swimming pool or
- the date of commencement of the installation or construction of the swimming pool;