Pools & spas

Do we need to install a safety barrier?

Under the Building Regulations 2006, suitable safety barriers must be installed to all existing swimming pools and spas capable of containing a depth of water more than 300mm and used principally for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool or spa. 

This includes swimming pools/spas that are in-ground or above-ground, as well as inflatable swimming pools capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm.

Safety barriers include:

  • fences
  • walls
  • barriers
  • palings
  • doors
  • windows
  • gates
  • locks
  • latches
  • catches
  • bolts
  • fly screens that restrict access to the swimming pool or spa

Gates and doors

All gates and doors leading to the swimming pool or spa must be “self-closing” and “self-latching” with opening mechanisms located not less than 1.5 metres above the ground level or the internal floor level (as the case may be), measured from the approach side.

In addition, the building regulations require the occupier of a property with a swimming pool or spa to take all reasonable steps to make sure the safety barriers are maintained and operating effectively at all times.

Fines

An owner of a pool or spa that does not have the required safety barriers faces an on-the-spot fine and/or prosecution. Similarly, an occupier of a property with a swimming pool or spa that does not maintain the safety barriers faces an on-the-spot fine and/or prosecution.

Regular inspections

We offer an inspection service where we can assess your premises and provide a report that identifies any areas that need additional work and/or upgrading in order to be compliant.

Note: If we detect non-compliance in our inspection, you will be required to comply within 30 days of the issuing of a Building Notice/Order.

If you would like to request an inspection, call our Building Services on 9243 8888.

Safety around pools and spas

Did you know that private pools and spas are the leading location of drowning deaths in Australia for children 0 to 4 years?

Make your pool or spa safe by:

  • having a barrier around your pool or spa that is checked regularly and meets building regulations
  • always having adults supervise when children are near or in the water
  • educating children about how to be safe around water
  • training family members in CPR to enable quick responses in your backyard

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Last updated: Friday, 21 April 2017, 7:53 PM