Swimming pools and spas

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New Safety Laws for owners of pools and spas

New safety laws, introduced by State Government, now require all landowners including landlords to register their swimming pool and/or spa with their local council from 1 December 2019.

The new laws have been introduced with a focus on children’s safety and to reduce the incidents of young children drowning.

The registration applies to:

  • all pools and spas capable of containing water to a depth greater than 300mm; and
  • includes relocatable or temporary pools and spas.

The new safety laws require:

  • Mandatory registration of all swimming pools and spas.
  • A new compliance regime to improve swimming pool and spa safety.

Owners of existing swimming pools and spas will need to register their pool or spa with Council by 1 June 2020 or within 30 days after completion if their pool or spa is under construction.

To learn more about new regulations and why they have been introduced click on the below links:

Register my pool/spa & next steps

As of 1st December 2019, property owners, including landlords are required to register their pool or spa with Council by 1 June 2020.

A registration fee (search fee) of $79.00 applies when registering your pool or spa with Council. These have been set by State Government.

After registering your pool/spa, Council will need to confirm the date of construction and applicable regulations (Australian Standards) that the safety barrier is required to comply with.  Once these details have been confirmed, Council will send you written notification confirming:

  • that your pool or spa has been registered
  • the date of construction of your pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard
  • your right to appeal to the Building Appeals Board (BAB) in relation to the council’s determination of the date of construction of the pool or spa; and
  • the date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with the relevant council.

Once the registered swimming pool and spa inspector, a building inspector or a building surveyor has conducted the inspection and confirmed that your pool/spa safety barrier meets the regulations, they will provide a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance (Form 23) to you.  This Certificate needs to be lodged with Council at a cost of $20.40.

You can read more, including FAQ’s regarding the registration process on the Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA’s) website.