News | 29 November 2019
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. Residents in Stonnington are now required to register their pool and spa with the City of Stonnington and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.
The new regulations are in response to a series of coronial investigations, which found that faulty and unsafe pool barriers had contributed to the deaths of children in backyard pools. This aims to bring Victoria in line with New South Wales and Queensland, who already mandate swimming pool and spa regulations and inspections.
What do the new laws apply to?
The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas located in Victoria that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water. This includes:
- inflatable pools
- above ground pools
- indoor pools
- hot tubs
- bathing or wading pools.
Who has to register?
Existing pools and spas must registered by 1 June 2020.
Pools and spas constructed after 1 June 2020 must register within 30 days after the issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection.
Pools and spas constructed on or after 1 June 2020
The certificate of barrier compliance is due within 30 days of occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. This certificate must accompany your application for registration. Your next certificate of compliance is due four years after registration.
What is the process?
Step 1. Register your pool or spa
Step 2. Organize for your pool or spa barrier to be checked by a qualified surveyor
Step 3. Lodge your Certificate of Compliance
How do I register?
To register your pool or spa, complete this application form(DOC, 2MB) and then submit it online and pay the registration fee of $31.85.
An additional information search fee of $47.25 may be applicable for council to determine the date of construction.
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