Swimming Pool and Spas

FAQ

These frequently asked questions are provided as a guide only and are intended to provide our customers with information that will assist in registration and compliance of pools and spas within Victoria, and are subject to change.

 

how it works

The process of ensuring you meet your regulatory requirements

1.

Register your pool

Register your pool or spa with your local Council prior to the 1 November 2020.

You council will then issue you with a statement on when the pool/spa was installed.

 

2.

Safety Barrier Inspection

Book your inspection with Pool Safe  Compliance and we will schedule a time and day that suits you to carry out a site inspection and provide a detailed report on any issues found.  If there are no safety issues,  a certificate of compliance will be issued within 48 hours.

3.

Non-Compliance Issues

If non-compliance issues are found, you will be given a timeframe to rectify these issues, which by law is a maximum of 60 days.  If the non-compliance concerns are not rectified within the required timeframe a Certificate of  Non-Compliance will be issued, which may incur additional council fees or penalties.

4.

Certificate Lodgement

We will issue you with a certificate of compliance within 48 hours which is to be lodged with your local Council before the due date specified. 

5.

Automated Reminder

Our set and forget reminder service ensure you will receive reminder notices well ahead of when your next inspection is due to ensure your pool or spa meets your regulatory requirements.

 

Do all pools and spas need to be registered?

Yes, all permanent, portable or relocatable swimming pools and spas, regardless of when they were constructed or erected, they must be registered with Council.  All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water greater than 300mm (30cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children.

When is a building permit required?
  1. Replacing / installing a boundry fence that forms part of a pool / spa barrier;
  2. Replacing / altering sections, parts or components of a barrier that when combined comprise more than 50% of the existing barrier length;
  3. Replacing / altering posts or footings of a barrier;
  4. The use of materials in the barrier that are not commonly used for the same purposes as the material being replaced in the barrier;
  5. An increase or decrease in the length of the barrier, or the size of the area enclosed by the barrier;
  6. Replacing / altering any part of a retaining wall that forms part of the barrier, and;
  7. Installing a new pool / spa barrier.

 

How do I register my pool?

You must register your pool and spa with your local council.  Contact your council or check their website for more information on how to register your pool or spa, including the registration fees  payable. (Generally a one-off fee of up to $79.00 which includes a date of construction and applicable barrier standard search fee for pools and spas constructed before 1 June 2020).   Alternately we can handle this process for you as a part of our concierge package.

When do I have to register my pool by?

If you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, you must register your permanent pool and or spa with your council by:

 

Type of Pool or Spa Registration Deadline

Permanent Pool or Spa

1st June 2022

or 30 days after the date of issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection

Relocatable Pool or Spa

1st June 2022

or four days after the pool is erected.

What will happen if I don’t register my pool or spa by June 1, 2022

If you do nor register your swimming pool or spa, Council may give notice in writing requiring you to apply for registration within a specified period of not less than 14 days, additionally on the spot fines may be applicable.

What information do I need to register my swimming pool?

You will be required to enter your name, address, contact details, the type of pool, and the approximate age of pool. You will need to complete a self-assessment checklist about your pool.  (see Victoria Building Authority checklists here),

How can I find out the date of construction of my pool or spa?

Upon application for registration of the swimming pool or spa, Council will determine the date of construction and the applicable barrier standard and inform the applicant in writing.

How often do I need to have my pool inspected and provide a certificate of compliance to Council?

A certificate of compliance needs to be provided to Council within every four years after the first certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance was lodged with Council.

Will I incur a fine if I get my self-assessment wrong?

No. It is a self-assessment only. What does a ‘self-assessment’ entail? You will use a simple checklist to self-assess if your pool fence meets the appropriate Australian Standards.

What is the deadline for inspection and lodgement of certificate of barrier compliance?

 According to the VBA .  Check with your local council.

 

Construction Date Compliance Certificate must be lodged by:

On or before 30 June 1994

1st  November 2022

Between  July 1, 1994 and  April 30, 2010

 

1st November 2023

From May 1, 2010 – May 31, 2020

1st November 2024
What happens if my pool is not compliant?

If your pool is not compliant, we (Pool Safe Compliance) will issue a report detailing matters requiring rectification giving a maximum of 60 days to comply. If after a Re-Inspection, the matters have not been rectified, but substantial works have been attended to, we can give you a further 7 days. If substantial works have not occurred or no attempt made to rectify the non-compliance matters, we are required by Law to issue a Non-Compliance Certificate.

 Failure to comply may incur an Infringement Notice and fines from your council in accordance with Victorian Building Authority regulations.

If you are concerned your pool or spa may not be compliant, we encourage you to book our preliminary barrier inspection service as an initial step before inspection, allowing you time to address any issues in your own time rather than regulatory timelines, while not triggering any additional council imposed fees.

 

Do I need a child-resistant barrier / fence for my spa?

Barriers are not required for spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use, otherwise you need to ensure your spa has a barrier that meets regulations and is certified.

If my pool was inspected by Council before registration was mandatory, do i need to re-register?

Yes, all swimming pools and spas must be re-registered with Council and a certificate of compliance lodged accordingly.

What if I want to have work done to my pool or spa barrier?

If you are carrying out repair works on an existing safety barrier, a building permit may be required to alter the barrier.  Work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with the current regulations.

What happens if I do not lodge a certificate of barrier compliance?

It is an offence to not lodge a certificate of barrier compliance for a pool or spa by the due date, and you can face hefty on the spot fines and penalties.

I live in an apartment complex with a shared community pool. Who is responsible for registering the pool?

When a pool or spa is on common property managed by an owner’s corporation, the owner’s corporation is responsible for arranging the registration, inspection and certification of the pool or spa barrier.

Likewise, if you are renting a property with a pool or spa it is the property owners’ responsibility to arrange registration and certification.

How often do I need to get my pool or spa inspected?

Your pool or spa will need to be inspected and certified every four years.   At Pool Safe Compliance we take the hassle out of this with our set and forget service. We will contact you 6 months prior to your next Certificate lodgement date so you can rest assured that your Pool Safe Compliance requirements are always met.

What if I decide to remove my pool or spa?

You must advise your council that the registered pool or spa no longer exists or is no longer capable of containing water to a depth of greater than 300 mm. 

Your council will perform a final inspection and before they remove it from the Swimming Pool and Spa Register.

 

Are your inspections Covid compliant?
  • Inspectors will be wearing appropriate safety protections, including masks, and gloves to inspections, and have been briefed on limiting cross-contamination between locations.
  • Inspectors will be strictly following government directives concerning physical distancing including staying more than 1.5m away from other people and allowing only one inspector into the property at a time where possible.
  • Pool Safety Compliance Pty Ltd (PSC) will continue to closely monitor Department of Health and Human Services advice on when employees should stay home from work and when they need to self-isolate, and not allow inspectors showing any symptoms to continue to work in the field.
  • Pool Safety Compliance Pty Ltd have devised faster methods of inspection that do not compromise the quality of the assessment to reduce the amount of time spent on properties, including not requiring access to the dwelling where possible.
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