Swimming pools and spas

On 1 December 2019, the Victorian Government introduced laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety.

These laws established new registration, inspection and compliance requirements for property owners, which means all residents are now required to register their pool or spa with the City of Stonnington and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.

The new regulations bring Victoria in line with Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, who all have mandatory pool and spa regulations and inspections.

How do I register my pool or spa?

To register your pool or spa:

  1. Complete the Register a Pool or Spa application
  2. Submit the application and supporting documents via our online portal
  3. Pay the registration fee of $31.84.

Please note: if we need to determine the date of construction, an additional search fee of $47.24 may apply.

What pools and spas do the laws apply to?

The laws apply to all swimming pools and spas in Victoria that are capable of holding more than 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?

Existing pool or spa - must be registered by 1 November 2020.

Pool or spa constructed after 1 November 2020 - must be registered within 30 days of the issue of the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection.

What happens after I register my pool or spa?

After you register, we will let you know:

  1. when the pool or spa was constructed
  2. its applicable barrier standard
  3. the date the owner must lodge a Certificate of Compliance with Council

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

It is the owner's responsibility to have swimming pool or spa barriers inspected and certified by a registered building surveyor or inspector.

Certificate of barrier compliance

If your barrier meets the required safety standard the inspector will issue you with a Certificate of Barrier Compliance. The Certificate of Barrier Compliance must be submitted to Council within 30 days of its issue and, in accordance with the Building Regulations, a $20 lodgment fee to Council is payable for each certificate.

Your next certificate of compliance will be due four years thereafter. We will notify you of the due date.

Certificate of Barrier Non-compliance

In accordance with the Building Regulations, if Council receives a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Non-compliance, a $385 lodgment fee to Council is payable.

Council may take further action to address the non-compliance.

Barrier safety requirements

Safety barrier requirements for pools are spas constructed before 8 April 1991 are contained in:

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 30 centimetres 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 – 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.

Maintain your pool or spa safety barrier

Maintenance requirements for all pool spa safety barriers (no matter when installed) are contained in:

 

For more information visit the Victorian Building Authority website or read the latest Victorian Government announcement

For information and advice contact our Building Services team or call 8290 1333.