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Make your Pool or Spa Compliant in Four Simple Steps

Tuesday March 10, 2020

Make your Pool or Spa Compliant in Four Simple Steps

The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019, imposing new compliance requirements on all owners with swimming pools and spas, commenced on 1 December 2019.

It applies to all swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300 mm of water. This includes outdoor and indoor swimming pools, outdoor and indoor spas, portable, relocatable, bathing, wading and above-ground pools.

Four simple steps to making your pool or spa compliant

1.   Register

  • Existing Permanent pools or spas must be registered by 1 June 2020.
  • New permanent pools or spas (currently in progress or if construction commences after 1 June 2020) must be registered within 30 days of the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection for the swimming pool or spa (whichever is later).
  • Existing relocatable pools or spas (erected before 1 June 2020 and remaining erected for three or more consecutive days) must be registered by 4 June 2020.
  • New relocatable pools or spas (erected on or after 1 June 2020 for three or more consecutive days) must be registered on the fourth day after the pool or spa is erected.

Once the pool or spa is registered, the relevant Council will give a written notice of the date by which the certificate of pool or spa compliance is required to be lodged with the Council.

2.   Inspect

Arrange an inspection for the pool or spa fencing by a registered building surveyor, registered building inspector or a Council building surveyor.

3.   Lodge the certificate

Pool or spa construction date:

Certificate of Compliance must by lodged by:

On or before 30 June 1994 1 June 2021
From 1 July 1994 to 30 April 2010 1 June 2022
From 1 May 2010 to 31 May 2020 1 June 2023
On or after 1 June 2020 Within 30 days of the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection together with the registration application.

4.   Pay

Pay the registration fee to the relevant Council.

Ongoing obligation for compliance

Owners will need to arrange an inspection and lodge the inspection Certificate of Compliance with the relevant Council every four years to ensure that the pool or spa is compliant.

On-the-spot fines or penalties will apply if the pool or spa is found to be non-compliant or if registration or inspection does not occur within the required deadlines.

The new regulations will affect a buyer or seller of a property with a swimming pool or spa.

If you have any queries, please free to contact our property and conveyancing department on 03 9550 4600.


Author:
Lisa Yong