Register a pool or spa

All existing and new swimming pools and spas must be registered with Council 

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
  • 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.

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 

Registration fee

View the list of fees and charges here.

Registration process

Swimming pool and spa registration

To ensure you have a safe and compliant pool or spa barrier, there are four easy steps you'll need to undertake:

Step 1.Step 1:

Register your pool or spa with Council.

Register your pool or spa

If you're unable to access the online form please contact us.

Step 2.Step 2:

After you have received a confirmation letter from Council that your pool or spa is registered and the applicable standard that your barrier must comply to, get your pool or spa barrier checked by a registered building surveyor or inspector.

Step 3.Step 3: 

Undertake any required works in order to make the pool or spa barrier compliant (as directed by the inspector or surveyor).

Step 4.Step 4:

Have your pool or spa barrier certified and submit the Certificate of Compliance to Council.

Information regarding your pool or spa registration

After you’ve registered your pool or spa you will receive a letter from Council confirming the next step, including details of when your pool or spa was constructed, the applicable standard, and the due date for the lodgement of the compliance certificate. 

Owners will then be required to engage a registered building surveyor or registered building inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of their safety barrier every four years. For more information visit Victorian Building Authority.

To ensure that your pool or spa is safe there are self-assessment checklists available on the Victorian Building Authority website to assist you in carrying out safety barrier maintenance checks.

If you are considering installing a pool or spa or undertaking any renovation works to your house or pool area you may wish to read the Victorian Building Authority Swimming Pool and Spa Barriers FAQs to know what your responsibilities and requirements are for obtaining building permits. You will be required to register your new pool or spa once you have received the certificate of final inspection from your building surveyor.

Please contact Council on 03 5366 7100 or for any further information.