Existing swimming pools and spas are now required to be registered with Council and inspected every four years. New pools or spas must be registered within 30 days of receiving a certificate of final inspection.
You must register swimming pools or spas that are capable of holding a water depth greater than 30cm. This includes:
- in-ground and above ground pools and spas
- inflatable pools
- relocatable pools that have been erected for 3 or more days
- indoor pools and spa pools
- children’s paddling and wading pools with a depth greater than 30cm
- spas, Jacuzzis, hot tubs and swim spas (including portable spas).
This does not include:
- small toddler or wading pools that cannot hold more than 30cm depth of water
- structures such as bird baths, fish ponds, fountains
- spa-baths inside bathrooms that are used for personal hygiene
- water supply/storage tanks
- dams, rivers, creeks and lakes.
Council ensures all property owners comply with the new regulations and penalties will apply for non-compliance.
Registration of your pool or spa, and inspection and lodgement of the certificate of compliance are two separate steps.
Deadlines for registering your pool/spa, (except for brand new pools/spas under construction) has now passed which means any owner who has not yet registered their swimming pools is in breach of the Building Regulations 2018 and may be subject to a substantial fine. As such it is critical that you register your pool immediately (unless still under construction).
Deadlines for inspection and lodgement of a certificate of barrier compliance for pools and spas constructed:
- On or before 30 June 1994 by 1 June 2022 (now overdue)
- 1 July 1994 to 30 April 2010 by 1 June 2023 (now overdue)
- 1 May 2010 to 31 October 2020 by 1 June 2024
What happens next?
After you’ve registered your pool or spa you will receive a letter from Council that includes details of when your pool or spa was constructed, the applicable standard, and the due date for the lodgement of the compliance certificate.
Owners are required to engage a registered building surveyor or registered building inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of your safety barrier every four years. For more information visit the Victorian Building Authority website.
For further information on pool and spa registration please contact us to speak with a member of the Building Services team.