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Swimming Pools

What is a Swimming Pool?

A swimming pool is any excavation or structure capable of containing a depth of more than 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. Excluding indoor spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use.
All swimming pools and spas must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children.


A building permit is required for the construction and alteration of all barrier/s for a swimming pool and spa. Building permit is also required for the construction of swimming pool.

 

New pool and spa registration and inspection requirements

On 1 December 2019, new regulations to improve swimming pool and spa safety come into effect in Victoria. New registration, inspection and certification requirements now apply for property owners.

As part of the changes, owners of the land are required to register their pool and/or spa with their local council and have the safety barrier inspected once every four years.

Registration Application Form

 

Key dates:

Registration Dates

Swimming pool

Registration date

Pools constructed before 1 June 2020 (reg 147L) Swimming pools(a) constructed before 1 June 2020; or(b) in respect of which construction was commenced but not completed before 1 June 2020.Excludes a relocatable swimming pool

  • The later of: 1 June 2020

or

  • 30 days after the date the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection is issued.

Pools constructed on or after 1 June 2020 (reg 147M) for which a building permit for construction of the swimming pool was issued—(a) on or after 1 June 2020; or(b) before 1 June 2020 but construction of the swimming pool did not commence until on or after that date.(Excludes a relocatable swimming pool)

  • 30 days after the date of issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection for the pool and spa;

and

  • Required to lodge the certificate of barrier compliance at the same time as your registration application.

If the relocatable pool or spa was erected before 1 June 2020 and remains erected for at least 3 consecutive days immediately before 1 June 2020

  • By 4 June 2020 if erected 3 or more days prior to 1 June and remains erected,

or

  • On the 4th day after the relocatable pool was erected.

 

 Certificate of Compliance Submission Dates

Swimming pool construction date

First certificate of swimming pool barrier compliance due date (Form 23)

30 June 1994 or earlier

1 June 2021

From 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010

1 June 2022

From 1 May 2010 until 31 May 2020

1 June 2023

Constructed without a building permit before 1 June 2020

From 1 June 2021

On or after 1 June 2020

At the time of applying for registration

The date the relocatable swimming pool was last erected as specified in the application form (Form 22)

No later than 30 days after the date the pool was registered

The construction and installation of swimming pools, spas, safety barriers and barrier maintenance are all subject to the requirements of the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations).

It is the responsibility of the property owner that all pools and spas are correctly fenced and secured according to the Regulations.  Council encourages all owners to inspect and review the compliance of their pools and spas using the VBA’s three self-assessment checklists.

 

VBA Pool and Spa Safety Barrier Checklist

  • Pools and spas installed before 8 April 1991 - Checklist 1
  • Pools and spas installed between 8 April 1991 and 30 April 2010 - Checklist 2
  • Pools and spas installed from 1 May 2010 - Checklist 3

 

For further information please visit the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website for all current updates regarding swimming pools and spa regulations.

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools

 

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? 

Contact Council if you are not sure if you require a permit or have any further questions.

Phone number: 8571 1515 email: building.services@cgd.vic.gov.au

NOTE: If a pool/spa area is deemed unsafe enforcement action, fines and possible court action may be instigated.


Further information

New pool and spa registration and inspection requirements - Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Website

KidSafe Victoria water safety audit