Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under five years of age in Victoria. To reduce this incidence of drowning, government legislation requires all pools and spas to have safety barriers installed.
This is applicable to all new swimming pools and existing swimming pools built before 8 April 1991 that were constructed without the installation of pool barriers.
Please note: If you don’t comply with the regulations you risk the lives of family and friends as well as fines of up to $5000.
New Swimming Pools
All new swimming pools require a building permit prior to commencement of works. The permit will include the specification and construction details for a compliant pool barrier in accordance to AS1926.2012.
You must obtain a valid building permit before any work commences. Carefully plan the location of the pool to ensure that effective barriers can be installed and obtain a Relevant Building Surveyor final certificate prior to the pool being filled with water.
Further details on the requirements for new pool barriers can be found on the Victorian Building Authority website.
Existing Swimming Pools
Existing swimming pools constructed before 8 April 1991 require the installation of pool barriers in accordance with Part 9 of the Building Regulations 2018 and AS1926-1993.
We have a program for inspecting these properties to ensure the barriers have been installed correctly.
Any issues are identified and in collaboration with the property owners the work is rectified, re-inspected and a compliance certificate is issued.
Ensure that you have complying pool barriers in place, assessment on the compliance of the pool barriers must be undertaken by a Registered Building Inspector or Building Surveyor.
As of 1 December 2019, if you have an existing swimming pool and spa including a relocatable pool and/or spa erected for 3 or more consecutive days, you must register your swimming pool or spa with Council.
Existing Swimming Pools and Spas
Existing swimming pools and spas must be registered by 1 November 2020.
New Swimming Pools and Spas
New pools and spas completed after 1 November 2020 must be registered within 30 days from when you receive a certificate of final occupancy permit as referenced on your building permit.
Registering a swimming pool or spa will cost $79. This includes an information search cost for pools and spas constructed before 1 November 2020.