Residential Swimming Pool & Safety Device Information

Excerpts from Swimming Pool Ordinance

(Am. Ord. 715, passed 6-18-2007; 65ILCS 5/11-30-9)

Fence Enclosures (Section 153.01)

Every person owning land within the Village of Forsyth on which there is presently situated an above or below ground swimming pool or who constructs such a swimming pool after the effective date of this chapter either of which is designed to contain 24 inches or more of water in depth at any point, shall erect and maintain thereon an adequate fence either surrounding the property or pool area, sufficient to make the body of water inaccessible to small children.  The fence, including gates therein, shall be not less than 4 feet above the underlying ground.  All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching with latches placed 54 inches from the bottom of the gate, if placed on the side facing the pool.  The gate and barrier shall have no opening greater than 1/2-inch within 18 inches of the latch release otherwise made inaccessible from the outside to small children.

Protective Devices (Section 153.02)

(A)  The pool structure of above ground pools may serve as the enclosure and, if less than 4 feet in height, a barrier mounted on top of the pool in conformance with the specifications provided in 153.01, shall be added to comply with the minimum 4 feet height requirement.

(B)  If the property surrounding the above ground pool is not enclosed as specified herein, the steps or ladder shall be enclosed as shown in Figure 1 with a fence of minimum height of 4 feet constructed in conformance with the specifications provided in 153.01. 

Fence Specifications  (Section 153.03)

(A)  Fences must be 4 feet above ground, measured on the side of the fence which faces away from the pool.  Solid fences shall have no indentations or protrusions other than normal construction tolerances and masonry joints.  The tops of a fence made of horizontal and vertical members, as shown in Figure 2 shall be constructed with the following specifications:

(1)  If the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members shall be on the swimming pool side of the fence.  The spacing of the vertical members shall not exceed 1 3/4 inches.  If there are any decorative cutouts in the fence, the space within the cutouts shall not exceed 1 3/4 inches.

(2)  If the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is more than 45 inches, the horizontal members may be on the side of the fence facing away from the pool.  If the distance is less than 45 inches, the horizontal member shall be placed on the side of the fence facing the pool.  The space between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches.  If there are any decorative cutouts in the fence, the space within the cutouts shall not exceed 1 3/4 inches.

(3)  For a chain link fence the mesh size shall not exceed 1 1/4 inches square unless slats, fastened at the top or bottom of the fence, are used to reduce mesh openings to no more than 1 3/4 inches.

(4)  For a fence made up of diagonal members latticework the maximum opening in the lattice shall not exceed 1 3/4 inches.

(B)  Natural barriers such as hedges shall not be considered as an adequate fence enclosure as specified in 153.01.  All fence enclosures shall be of a permanent nature and shall be child proof for children 5 years and younger.  

Permit Required (Section 153.04)

No swimming pool as herein defined shall be constructed after the effective date of this chapter without first having obtained a construction permit therefore on a form provided by the Village Clerk.

Compliance; Existing Pools (Section 153.05)

Owners of land where there is presently situated an above or below ground swimming pool shall have a period of two years from the effective date hereof to comply with the terms of this chapter.

 

Swimming Pool Permit Application Swimming Pool Permit Application (1045 KB)


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