Swimming pools and spas

In December 2019, the Victorian Government brought in new laws to make swimming pools and spas safer.

These new laws introduced new registration, inspection and certification requirements for pool and spa owners.

It means you must now:

  • Register your pool or spa with the City of Stonnington.
  • Have your safety barrier inspected and certified by a registered building surveyor or inspector every four years.

The new laws bring Victoria in line with Western Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland.

All these states have compulsory pool and spa regulations and inspections.

What pools and spas do the laws apply to?

The laws apply to all swimming pools and spas in Victoria that can hold over 300mm (30cm) of water, including:

  • Inflatable pools
  • Above-ground pools
  • Below-ground pools
  • Indoor pools
  • Hot tubs
  • Outdoor free-standing or built-in spas
  • Bathing or wading pools

When do I need to register my pool or spa?

You must register pools or spas built after 1 November 2020 within 30 days of the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection being issued.

How do I register my pool or spa?

To register your pool or spa:

  1. Complete the Register a Pool or Spa application (DOC 1.7 MB)
  2. Register your pool online with your supporting documents
  3. Pay the registration fee of $31.85

If we need to find the construction date, we may charge an extra search fee of $47.25.

What happens after I register my pool or spa?

After you register, we'll let you know:

  • When the pool or spa was constructed.
  • Its barrier standard.
  • The date the owner must lodge a Certificate of Compliance with Council.

What is a certificate of compliance and how do I obtain one?

The owner must get swimming pool or spa barriers inspected and certified by a registered building surveyor or inspector.

Find out more about inspections on the Victorian Building Authority website.

You can find an inspector there too.

Certificate of barrier compliance

If your barrier meets the safety standard, the inspector will give you a Certificate of Barrier Compliance.

You must give this to Council within 30 days of its issue.

Lodge your certificate of compliance online

In line with Building Regulations, you need to pay a $20 fee to Council for each Certificate.

Your next certificate of compliance is due four years after that.

We'll let you know the due date.

Certificate of barrier Non-compliance

In line with Building Regulations, you need to pay a $385 lodgement fee if Council receives a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Non-compliance.

We may follow up the non-compliance with the owner.

Lodge your certificate of non-compliance online

When do I have to get my pool or spa certified?

You must get your pool or spa inspected and certified every four years.

For pools and spas built before 1 November 2020:

Pool/spa built Compliance certificate due by
On or before 30 June 1994 1 June 2022
From 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010 1 June 2023
From 1 May 2010 until 31 October 2020 1 June 2024

For pools and spas built on or after 1 November 2020:

Your first compliance certificate must be lodged within 30 days of the date of issue of the certificate.

This certificate must accompany your application for registration.

What barrier safety requirements must be met?

Safety barrier requirements for pools and spas built before 8 April 1991 are in:

Some important rules:

  • If a pool or spa (even inflatable ones) can hold 30 centimetres or more of water, it must be fenced off.
  • Gates around pools and spas must be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Never prop open a pool gate, even for a minute. This is illegal.
  • Make sure no chairs, tables or any other objects are near the pool fence. Children can use them to climb the fence.
  • 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 ( a wall of a building may form part of the barrier however, access into the swimming pool area must not be directly available via a door in the wall)

How do I maintain my pool or spa safety barrier?

Regardless of when your pool or spa was installed, you'll find maintenance requirements for all safety barriers in:

For more information visit the Victorian Building Authority website.

You can also read the Victorian Government announcement.

For information and advice, email building@stonnington.vic.gov.au or call 03 8290 1333.