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, or someone living at the property, have a disability and are not able to access the pool if fencing complied with pool barrier safety laws
  • The location of your pool is situated in a position where a barrier is difficult or impractical

Please call Council's Swimming Pool Inspector on (02) 6581 8111 or book an appointment with our duty planner and surveyor to further discuss your circumstances.

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 Inspectors by contacting us.

Step 3.Register your backyard pool

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.

If you are unsure if you pool is registered, check the NSW Swimming Pool Register by searching your address.

Council can help pool owners who are unable to register their pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. A $10.00 fee will apply.

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

NOTE:  This application for a certificate of compliance is not for an occupation certificate ("OC").  For a newly installed pool/spa please contact your Certifier or pool/spa builder for your final inspection as it may be included in your construction certificate fees and will be completed by your nominated Certifier. 

The initial inspection fee is $150.00. This fee is payable online as part of the application process.

If non-compliant and re-inspection is required, you will be advised and an additional fee of $100.00 per inspection will be charged. 

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