Chapter 15.56


15.56.010    Adoption.

15.56.020    Fencing – Required.

15.56.030    Fencing – Specifications.

15.56.040    Fencing – Compliance time limit.

15.56.050    Location of pools.

15.56.060    Distance from structure.

15.56.070    Section 1.11 – Schedule of fees deleted.

15.56.080    Enforcement authority.

15.56.090    Violation – Penalty.

15.56.010 Adoption.

Pursuant to Sections 50022.1 to 50022.8, inclusive, of the Government Code of the state, the city council adopts and enacts as the swimming pool regulations of the city, the 1991 Edition of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code, an approved published compilation of rules, regulations and standards of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, a private organization which has been in existence over five years, one copy of which is now on file with the city clerk for use and examination by the public. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.020 Fencing – Required.

All swimming pools within the city shall be fenced as provided in this chapter. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.030 Fencing – Specifications.

A. Every person, firm or corporation in possession of land within the city, either as owner, purchaser under contract, lessee, tenant, licensee or otherwise, upon which is situated a swimming pool or other out-of-doors body of water designed, constructed and used for swimming, dipping or immersion purposes by men, women or children, having any depth in excess of 18 inches or with a surface area exceeding 250 square feet, shall maintain on the lot or premises upon which such pool or body of water is located and completely surrounding such pool or body of water, a fence or wall not less than five feet in height, with openings, holes or gaps therein no larger than four inches measured horizontally, except for doors or gates; provided, however, that a dwelling house or accessory building may be included on or used as a part of such enclosure.

B. No gate or door opening through such enclosure shall have any openings, holes or gaps larger than four inches measured horizontally. Every such gate or door shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device designed to keep, and capable of keeping, such door or gate securely closed at all times when not in actual use; provided, however, that the door of any dwelling occupied by human beings and forming any part of the enclosure hereinabove required need not be so equipped, with the exception of breezeways, back doors of garages, and similar structures, affording access to pool which shall be self-closing and self-latching, with such latching placed at least four feet 10 inches above the ground level. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.040 Fencing – Compliance time limit.

Fencing as required by this chapter shall be installed around all existing pools within 90 days from and after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter. Every other pool shall be fenced as set forth in this chapter prior to the pool being filled with water for use. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.050 Location of pools.

The provisions of PMC Title 18 to the contrary notwithstanding, no swimming pool shall be constructed after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter in such a manner that the intended water surface thereof is within five feet of any rear lot line, nor within five feet of any side lot line. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.060 Distance from structure.

Notwithstanding any provisions of PMC Title 18, a swimming pool may be placed within three feet of another structure providing the building official is satisfied that there will be no structural hazard. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.070 Section 1.11 – Schedule of fees deleted.

A. The schedule of fees contained in Section 1.11 of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code is deleted.

B. A fee for the construction of each swimming pool shall be paid to the chief building official, which fee shall be based upon the total contract price for the pool and Table 3-A of the 1991 Uniform Building Code and the fee schedule adopted by city council resolution, plus an issuance fee of $20.00.

C. Other Inspections and Fees.

1. Plan review fee equal to 65 percent of the pool, spa or hot tub fee.

2. Additional plan review required by changes, revisions or additions to approved plans (per hour): $41.00 (minimum charge: one-half hour).

3. Plan review sent to outside consultants will be charged the total consultant fee.

4. Inspections outside normal business hours (per hour): $70.00 (minimum charge of two hours).

5. Reinspection fees (per hour): $70.00.

6. Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated (minimum charge: one-half hour) (per hour): $41.00. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.080 Enforcement authority.

The building official is authorized and directed to enforce and administer all of the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]

15.56.090 Violation – Penalty.

A violation of any provision under this chapter is punishable as a misdemeanor and upon conviction may be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both. [Ord. 1058 § 9, 1993.]