Backyard pools and spa compliance

Your backyard pool or spa may need approval to construct, install or alter if it can hold water more than 300mm deep and a volume of 2000 litres or more. And if you’re planning on selling or leasing your property, you'll need a compliance certificate. 

View the information on new and existing backyard pools to see if your pool is compliant, or check what steps to take to apply for a certificate of compliance.

New backyard pools

New backyard pools need development consent either through a Complying Development or Development Application (DA). Talk to one of our duty planners or duty surveyors to find out which consent you need.

After installation, pools are required by law to be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. Registering your pool is free, but if your pool isn’t registered, you can be fined $220. 

Existing backyard pools

As a homeowner, you or your agent can request an inspection by one of our officers before you sell or lease your property with a pool or spa. If you’re leasing your property, you’re required to have a current certificate of compliance so your pool should be inspected at least once every 3 years.

Only Council or a registered certifier can issue a certificate of compliance.

Backyard pool barrier exemptions

You can apply for an exemption if you meet any of the following criteria: 

  • If you have a disability and can’t reach the latch to unlock, you can apply to have a different latch installed. 
  • The location of your pool is in a spot where a barrier is difficult
  • You live on waterfront property. The house has to be have a barrier 
  • The pool is located on a large property of 2ha or more 
  • The pool was built before a certain date and/or the land size is less than 230sqm.


Obtain a swimming pool barrier certificate of compliance

Step 1.Understand your responsibilities

As a guide, download a self-assessment checklist from NSW Swimming Pool Register. You’ll find key compliance information that will help you plan.

Step 2.Fix areas of concern

If after reading the self-assessment checklist, you have any concerns or believe you are not complying, you should take corrective action. If you need further advice you can talk to one of our Swimming Pool Compliance Officer by contacting us.

Step 3.Register your backyard pool

Once your pool has passed inspection, your next step is to register it. All pools and spas need to be registered with NSW Swimming Pool Register. There is no fee to register your pool but unregistered pools could be fined $220.

Register now

Step 4.Lodge your Swimming pool barrier certificate of compliance application  

Apply now

Step 5.Schedule a final inspection

Once the certificate application is lodged we will contact you to arrange a time for a final inspection. The fee for a final inspection is $250. If you pass your inspection, you’ll receive a $100 refund.