Swimming pools and spas

Swimming pool and spa registration requirement

Safety requirements

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: within 30 days after issue of 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 4 years after registration.

How to register

To register your pool or spa, complete this application form and then submit online and pay the registration fee of $31.84.

An additional information search fee of $47.24 may be applicable for council to determine the date of construction.

More information

Victorian Building Authority

Victorian Government announcement

 

Safety requirements

Building Regulations 137138 and 139 give the safety barrier requirements for pools and spas.

Some key requirements to note:

  • All pools and spas built since 2010 require a four-sided fence, with no direct access from the house to the pool or spa surround (that is, a building wall cannot form part of the fence)
  • If a pool or spa – even an inflatable one – can hold 30cms or more of water it must be fenced off
  • Gates around pools and spas must be self-closing and self-latching
  • You should never prop open a pool gate, even for a minute or two – this is illegal
  • Take care to ensure there are no chairs, tables or any other objects near the pool fence – children could use these to climb over the fence

 

Maintenance

Building Regulation 141, 142 and 143 contains the maintenance requirements for all pool and spa barriers, no matter when installed.