Swimming pools and spas
You will need a building permit if you want to:
- construct, install or alter a swimming pool or spa that is more than 300mm deep
- construct, install or alter a pool safety fence.
New safety laws for owners of pools and spas
From the 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety come into effect.
Property owners, including landlords will need to register swimming pools and/or spas with Council by 1 June 2020.
More information about how to register will be available soon.
You are required by law to have a pool safety fence installed around any body of water that is primarily used for swimming, wading, paddling.
This applies to:
- spas (in-ground and portable)
- indoor swimming pools
- outdoor swimming pools (above and in-ground)
- hot tubs
- wading pools
Your pool safety fence must comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations 2018.
All owners are encouraged to inspect and review the compliance of their pools and/or spas by using the Victorian Building Authority self-assessment checklists.
Remember, a fully compliant safety barrier can never be considered totally childproof and proper adult supervision is essential to ensure the safety of children around a swimming pool or spa.
For more information, call our Building unit on (03) 5422 0333.
Tips for maintaining fences and barriers
- Check that all gates close properly and self-closing hinges are working. This may be as simple as lubricating the gate and inspecting the structure for corrosion and missing or loose screws.
- Remove any climbable objects that are placed too close to the barrier such as chairs, pot plants or overgrown trees.