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New Building Regulations in relation to Swimming Pools and Spas

On 1 December 2019, the State Government introduced laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety.

These laws introduce new registration, inspection and compliance requirements for property owners.

Owners of existing swimming pools and spas in Moorabool Shire are now required to register their pool and spa with Council by 1 November 2020 and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.

Owners of new pools or spas must register their pool/spa within 30 days of receiving a certificate of final inspection for the pool/spa.

Council will be tasked to ensure all affected property owners comply with the new regulations and penalties will apply for non-compliance.

You must register a swimming pool or spa 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.

Swimming Pool and Spa Registration Steps

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

Step 1:  Register your pool or spa with Moorabool Shire Council  REGISTER YOUR POOL/SPA.

Step 2:  After you have received a confirmation letter from Council that your pool 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:  Undertake required works to make the pool or spa barrier compliant (as directed by the inspector or surveyor).

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 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 info@moorabool.vic.gov.au for any further information.  

REGISTER YOUR POOL/SPA 

Last Updated:

Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 14:17