Swimming Pools and Spas and Safety Fencing Requirements

Swimming Pools and Spas and Safety Fencing Requirements

Building Permits are required for all swimming pools and spas that have a depth greater than 300mm and are required to have safety barriers complying with AS1926 Parts 1 and 2 - 2007.

All new swimming pools require four-sided pool fencing. 

The new rules mean that the use of windows and doors in a dwelling as part of the safety barrier will no longer be allowed.

All pools and spas, regardless of when they were built are required by the Building Regulations 2006 to be fitted with a safety barrier complying with AS1926.

If you have an existing pool or spa that does not have a safety barrier then you are required to have a barrier installed.

A building permit is required prior to erecting the safety fence.

Penalties up to $10,000 may apply to property owners who do not comply with this requirement.

For more information please see documents provided below, or visit the KidSafe website by clicking here. Alternatively if you wish to print a copy of the Royal Life Saving "Home Pool Safety Self-Assessment" see attachment below.

PDFClosing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning (68 KB)

PDFBuilding Information Sheet - Swimming Pool Fencing (413 KB)

PDFVBA Practice Note - Swimming Pool and Spa Safety (3230 KB)

PDFRoyal Life Saving - Home Pool Safety Self-Assessment (960 KB)

PDFVBA Media Release Janury 2016 - Temporary & Inflatable Pools/Spas (69 KB)

Last Updated: 28-01-2016

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