Ordinance No. 20-11 Amending Article 11, requiring fences or walls surrounding in-ground swimming pools

Document Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020


An Ordinance Amending ARTICLE 11, GENERAL ACTIVITY REGULATIONS, to update the Ham Lake City Code to require that fences or walls surrounding in-ground swimming pools be suitable constructed to be non-climbable and have self-closing and self-latching gates.

Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Ham Lake, Anoka County, Minnesota as follows:

ARTICLE 11, GENERAL ACTIVITY REGULATIONS of the Ham Lake City Code is hereby amended as indicated in the following section:

11-270  Inground Swimming Pools Every “in-ground” swimming pool shall be enclosed by a non-climbable fence or wall not less than four feet high. In-ground shall be defined to mean a pool requiring excavation of more than 12 inches of existing grade. The walking surface around the pool shall be a minimum of three feet wide. Any access gate shall be self-closing and self-latching and shall open outward away from the pool. The release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches below the top of the gate or 54 inches from the bottom of the gate. Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be 1.25 inches unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or bottom which reduce the openings to not more than 1.75 inches.

Presented to the Ham Lake City Council on August 17, 2020 and adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of September, 2020.



                                                                        Michael G. Van Kirk, Mayor



Denise Webster, City Clerk