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Swimming Pools

It is the responsibility of both the property owner and property occupier to ensure that all pools and spas are correctly fenced and secured according to the Building Regulations.  It is necessary to check that the barriers around that area are sufficient to restrict access by children under the age of 5 years.

Is a permit required?

A swimming pool is any excavation or structure capable of containing a depth of more that 300mm of water and is used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or similar. This includes wading/blow-up pools, spas/blow-up spas, above-ground and indoor pools.

For all swimming pools and spas the barrier/safety fence requires a permit regardless of the cost of works.

Children's paddling pools (less than 300mm in height) or domestic spas where the water is emptied after each use are not considered pools.

Pools and spas built prior to 8 April 1991 must comply with the pool safety requirements listed in the Building Regulations. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that these safety requirements are implemented.


Applying for a building permit 

If a building permit is required, go to the building permits section to download the application form and for instructions on how to apply.

Still not sure if a building permit is required?  

If you are not sure if you require a permit or have any questions feel free to contact Council.

If a pool area is deemed unsafe fines and possible court action may be instigated.

Helpful links

KidSafe Victoria water safety audit