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. 

Pool fences

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.