All pools with a depth greater than 300mm (30cm) that can hold 2000 litres or more of water must be enclosed within a safety barrier that complies with Australian Standards, as outlined in the Swimming Pools Act 1992. This includes temporary, inflatable and portable pools.
These types of pools also require approval by Council or a private building surveyor.
Pool owners are responsible for:
- the maintenance of pool safety barriers to ensure that they are operating effectively at all times,
- ensuring access gates have a working self-closing / self-latching device,
- ensuring household objects that could be used for climbing (such as tree branches, pot plants, pool pumps, chairs, BBQs etc.) are not within a 900mm radius of the gate or fence,
- ensuring that fences (especially boundary timber paling fences) are still in good repair and are not climbable,
- ensuring their pool safety barrier is compliant with the relevant regulations,
- pool gates are locked when not in use.
Avoid getting caught out, copies of the Act and Standards are available to view at Council branchs. Alternatively, speak to a Duty Planner or Swimming Pool Compliance Officer.
Damaged, demolished, removed or altering fences
Development approvals can be required for pool fence maintenance, alteration or removal. Consent requirements vary depending on the pool or spas characteristics and therefore we recommend you speak to us before you do any work. Significant fines apply for unapproved works so don't take the risk and get advice from us first.
Penalties for not complying with pool laws
Significant fines and penalties apply for failure to get the necessary approvals for your pool or spa and barrier fencing.
- You may be issued with a penalty which can range from $500-$1500.
- Council may seek to recover costs associated with enforcement activities.
- Breaches of building and control legislation may attract penalties of up to $70,000.
This page was last updated on: 25 January 2021