New requirements for pools and spas

Published on 29 November 2019

New restrictions are proposed for swimming pools ans spas

The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019 introduces mandatory requirements for private owners to register their swimming pool or spa with their local council. Additionally, owners will be required to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector to inspect and certify safety barrier compliance every 4 years. Safety barriers surrounding pools and spas are the responsibility of the owner.

These new requirements are designed to save the lives of young children.

Register your pool

The new regime also includes:

  • a process to certify compliance of a safety barrier following inspection or dealing with non-compliance; and
  • fees to register and lodge compliance and non-compliance certificates.

The proposal sets out dates that owners of existing pools and spas must take certain actions by:

Required action Deadline
registration of existing pools and spas 1 June 2020
lodgement of first compliance certificate for pools and spas constructed 30 June 1994 or earlier 1 June 2021
lodgement of first compliance certificate for pools and spas constructed between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010 1 June 2022
lodgement of first compliance certificate for pools and spas constructed from 1 May 2010 1 June 2023

For any queries regarding the pool register, and providing compliance certificates, contact us at Pool.Register@banyule.vic.gov.au

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