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Swimming pool and hot tub permit guide

Permits

You need a zoning permit and the following types of construction permits, depending on the nature of your project:

  • Electrical: May be required if electric service cannot be provided without the use of an extension cord.
  • Plumbing: Required if the pool will have a gas heating device or is in ground.
  • Building: Required if the pool depth is greater than 2 feet or the surface area exceeds 250 square feet.

Rules and requirements

  • Paving or decking surrounding a swimming pool or hot tub shall be located at least 5 feet from any lot line, if it is elevated more than 1 foot, but less than 6 feet, above normal grade.
  • Paving or decking surrounding a swimming pool or hot tub shall be located at least 10 feet from any property line in the R-1 zone district and 8 feet from any property line in the other districts, if it is elevated 6 feet or more above normal grade.
  • Regardless of elevation, the water’s edge must be 10 feet in the R-1 and 8 feet in the other zone districts. A fence (barrier) and/or ladder enclosure meeting the requirements of the NJ Edition of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Construction Code.
  • Filters and pumps must be 5 feet from any property line.
  • Pools are not permitted in any front yard.
  • Fence gates must have self closing, self latching hardware or a premanufactured ladder enclosure that is self closing and self latching.
  • In ground pools may require topographic information to be submitted. This must be prepared by a land surveyor or engineer licensed in the State of New Jersey.

Permit process

Zoning permit

The first step is to apply for a zoning permit. The Borough Zoning Officer completes the zoning review. If approved, the zoning permit will be issued. If denied, the applicant will be notified of the reason for denial and any corrective measures that can be taken.

Construction permit

After you have zoning approval, you can apply for a construction permit. Make sure to include any applicable subcodes. The Borough’s building, electric, plumbing, and fire subcode officials will review the plans and documents for compliance with the Uniform Construction Code. Additional information may be requested at this point.

If denied, the applicant will be notified of the reason for denial and any corrective measures that can be taken.

Permit fee and inspections

The applicant will be notified of the fee for the permit if approved. The applicant can then pay the fee and pickup the permit and placard.

The applicant then places the permit placard at a location visible from the street, and commences work, and requests necessary inspections.

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