From 1st November 2020 all existing 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.
Information Regarding your Pool or Spa Registration
After you’ve registered your pool or spa you will receive a letter from the Shire 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. Due to an inundation of registrations received, the letters will be coming out within the next couple of months.
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.
If you would like to get more information, you can go to the Victorian Building Authority's website https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.