The new rules for pools
- swimming pools must be inspected every three years by Council or an independently qualified pool inspector
- spa pools and hot tubs can use a lid or safety cover as a barrier, instead of a fence
- Council now has additional enforcement tools including the ability to issue a notice to fix.
A guide to fencing your swimming pool
Does my pool need a barrier?
So what sort of barrier do I need?
- Open away from the pool.
- Restrict access to young children when closed.
- Close automatically or have a warning sound when open.
- Be at least 1.2m high, measured from the ground or any object in the pool area.
- Not be easily climbed by young children.
- The water surface is 5m² or less.
- The side walls of the pool are at least 760mm high and cannot be climbed.
- Include a sign that shows its safety features.
- Restrict entry of children under 5 years old when closed.
- Be able to hold a forseeable load.
- Be closed easily.
Booking an inspection
- Initial inspection fee: $100 incl GST
- Re-inspection due to an initial failed inspection: $57 incl GST
Building a new swimming pool?
Already have a swimming pool?
Frequently asked questions
I had my pool installed years ago, will I need to change my fence to fit the new rules?
Do I need to get my swimming pool inspected?
How do I pay for a inspection?
Who will do the inspection?
Can I get someone else instead of Council?
What if my pool doesn’t pass the inspection?
Can I have my inspection during the evening?
Do I need to be there while my pool is being inspected?
My home is rented - how can I check if the pool has passed inspection?
Who is responsible for the pool compliance if I'm renting?
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