Swimming Pools

Section 178-2 Certain swimming pools to be provided with physical barriers

A.  Every person, firm or corporation in possession of land within the township, either as an owner, purchaser under contract, lessee, tenant or licensee, in which there is situated an excavated swimming pool containing or capable of containing water 18 inches or more in depth at a point, shall erect and maintain on the lot or premises upon which that pool is located an adequate physical barrier sufficient to make the pool inaccessible to unsupervised small children. Nothing in this article shall apply to what are referred to as "aboveground pools."


B.  Such physical barrier shall completely surround the pool and shall extend not less than four feet above the adjacent ground level; provided, however, that a dwelling house or accessory building may be used as part of that enclosure.

C.  Such physical barrier shall be constructed in such a way as to prevent access under the lower edge by small children.

D.  All accessways, gates or doors through such enclosure, except the door of any dwelling occupied by human beings and forming any part of the enclosure required above, shall be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device designed to keep and capable of keeping that door or gate securely closed at all times when not in actual use. No such enclosing wall or fence shall be constructed nearer than five feet to the outer walls of the pool.

For More Information please see Chapter 178 of the Township Code

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