Chapter 15.10


15.10.010    Private swimming pools regulated.

15.10.020    Definitions.

15.10.030    Permit required.

15.10.040    Construction requirements.

15.10.050    Electrical requirements.

15.10.060    Lights.

15.10.070    Noise prohibited.

15.10.080    General.

15.10.090    Sanitation.

15.10.010 Private swimming pools regulated.

No person shall construct, install, or enlarge a residential swimming pool not enclosed in a permanent building in the Town of East Troy except in accordance with the following regulations. (2008 code § 14.05(1))

15.10.020 Definitions.

The term “private swimming pool” is hereby defined as a receptacle for water, or an artificial pool of water, having a depth at any point of more than two feet, whether above or below the ground, used or intended to be used by the owner thereof, and his family and invited friends, for bathing or swimming, and includes all structures, appurtenance, equipment, appliances and other facilities appurtenant thereto and intended for the operation and maintenance of a private swimming pool. Temporary pools less than 260 square feet in area and four feet in depth which are dismantled and removed for the winter are not included in this chapter. (2008 code § 14.05(2))

15.10.030 Permit required.

No person shall construct, install, enlarge or alter any private swimming pool unless permits have first been obtained from the Building Inspector. The pool permit fee shall be $10.00. Application shall be on forms provided by the Building Inspector, and shall be accompanied by plans drawn to scale showing the following:

1.    Pool dimensions and volume of water in gallons.

2.    Location and type of water waste disposal system.

3.    Location of pool on lot, distance from lot lines, and distance from structures.

4.    Fencing and landscape plan, or a combination thereof. (2008 code § 14.05(3))

15.10.040 Construction requirements.

1.    The pool must be contained within setback and offset lines. The area of the pool shall not exceed five percent of the area of the lot.

2.    The pool shall not be nearer than eight feet to any residence.

3.    The pool must be completely fenced before filling, by a fence or wall not less than four feet in height, constructed of a minimum number nine gauge woven wire mesh, corrosion resistant material, or similar material, or enclosed wooden fence approved by the Building Inspector. All gates shall be equipped with self closing and self latching devices placed at the top of the gate. Fence posts shall be decay or corrosion resistant and shall be set in concrete bases. Provided, pools erected on top of the ground, before filling, shall have the pool construction completely and adequately screened from the view of abutting properties by means of a solid fence of redwood basket weave, landscaping, or a combination thereof, or other material approved as equivalent by the Building Inspector.

4.    No direct connection shall be made to the sanitary sewer or septic system.

5.    Equipment shall be provided for the disinfecting of all pool water. No gaseous chlorination shall be permitted.

6.    There shall be an unobstructed areaway around the entire pool of at least three feet. Above ground pools without an attached fenced walk area and self latching gate shall provide a fenced in enclosure as provided in subsection (5) of this section. (Ord. 2013-3 § 1; Ord. 2012-5 § 1. 2008 code § 14.05(4))

15.10.050 Electrical requirements.

1.    All electrical installations provided for, installed and used in conjunction with a private swimming pool shall be in conformance with the state laws and Town ordinances regulating electric installations.

2.    No current carrying conductors shall cross private swimming pools, either overhead or underground, or within 10 feet of such pools.

3.    All metal fences, enclosures or railings near or adjacent to swimming pools, which might become electrically alive as a result of broken overhead conductors or from any other cause, shall be effectively grounded. (2008 code § 14.05(5))

15.10.060 Lights.

If overhead flood or other artificial lights are used to illuminate the pool at night, such lights shall be shielded to direct light only on the pool. (2008 code § 14.05(6))

15.10.070 Noise prohibited.

No loud, unnecessary or unusual noises shall be permitted, nor any noise which disturbs the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring residents. This includes radios, musical instruments, and phonographs, which shall not exceed the volume necessary for convenient hearing of the persons who are on the pool premises. (2008 code § 14.05(7))

15.10.080 General.

No pool shall be so operated or maintained as to create a nuisance, a hazard, an eyesore or otherwise to result in a substantial adverse effect on neighboring properties, or to be in any other way detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare. The Building Inspector shall refer any complaints or questions under this section to the Plan Commission, which shall have the authority to issue an appropriate order to terminate the condition complained of. The Building Inspector shall refer the application for any pool which he considered to be undesirable in appearance to the Plan Commission. The Commission shall have the authority to approve, deny, or impose appropriate changes or safeguards. Its decision shall be based upon the avoidance of a substantial adverse effect upon property values in the neighborhood. (2008 code § 14.05(8))

15.10.090 Sanitation.

A swimming pool and its appurtenant facilities shall be kept clean and in a sanitary condition. (2008 code § 14.05(9))